We’re likely just a few months away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup, but as usual, many of the new features and improvements could be rumors ahead of launch, with two potential updates just leaked.
Firstly, there is the potential for the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup to support satellite communications in some form. This comes from a report on ETNews (opens in new tab)which states that Samsung is working with Iridium – global satellite communications company – to provide this functionality in the Galaxy S23 line.
While the Iridium is capable of providing voice and data communication services, Samsung will limit the S23’s satellite abilities to text messages and small pictures, due to the fact that it can only put a small antenna on a phone.
This may seem restrictive, but it should be enough to help you get in touch with emergency contacts or services in situations where there is no cell signal.
Today’s other Samsung Galaxy S23 leak specifically pertains to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, which is supposed to have a display that can reach up to 2,150 nits of brightness – or maybe even more.
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The source of this is @RGcloudS (opens in new tab)who made the complaint on Twitter (smeared by SamMobileName (opens in new tab)), but noted that peak brightness might be slightly different at launch – potentially going up to 2,200 nits – due to additional tweaks.
For reference, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra tops out at 1,750 nits of brightness, so that would be an upgrade, which could be beneficial in helping you see the screen clearly in bright sunlight. However, we would take this with a pinch of salt, especially since the source doesn’t have much history yet.
Review: Matching and surpassing the iPhone 14 Pro Max
The brightest smartphone screen on the planet right now is the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which can reach 2,000 nits, so if this leak is right then Samsung will beat Apple and take the new record.
But Samsung will also be competing with Apple if its next phones support satellite communications, as the iPhone 14 line is now among a very small number of devices that have this functionality.
However, questions remain as to how Samsung’s implementation will compare to Apple’s – if at all – and which will be better.
On the iPhone 14 series, you are limited to contacting emergency services, and the feature is currently only available in the US and Canada. So it remains to be seen whether Samsung will allow more general satellite communications and in what parts of the world its service will be available.
Still, it’s good to see more companies exploring this idea, because it’s a life-saving feature that we expect to see in most of the best phones in the coming years.