At CES 2023, Qualcomm Announced Snapdragon Satellite

At CES 2023, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon satellite which allows two-way messaging capabilities on premium devices.

At CES 2023, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon satellite to be brought to the next generation of Android smartphones. Snapdragon satellite is the world’s first satellite-based solution capable of supporting two-way messaging for premium smartphones. It provides global connectivity using mobile messaging from around the world.

Qualcomm and global satellite communications company, Iridium, have agreed to bring satellite-based connectivity to next-gen premium android smartphones. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon satellite service will be a two-way messaging used in case of emergency, SMS texting, and other messaging applications. It is planned to be launched in the second half of 2023 and will start rolling out with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The Snapdragon satellite can expand support to devices including laptops, tablets, IoT products, etc. Moreover, the US-based technology company Garmin looks forward to collaborating with support for emergency messaging.

Snapdragon Satellite will offer global coverage from pole to pole and the service serves a variety of purposes such as emergencies or recreation in remote, rural, and offshore locations. The satellite will enable OEMs and other service providers to offer truly global coverage since it is powered by Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF Systems and supported by the fully operational Iridium satellite constellation.  “Robust and reliable connectivity is at the heart of premium experiences. Snapdragon Satellite showcases our history of leadership in enabling global satellite communications and our ability to bring superior innovations to mobile devices at scale,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president, and general manager, of cellular modems and infrastructure, at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. the satellite can expand to other devices like laptops, tablets, vehicles, IoT, etc. The company also mentioned that beyond smartphones, Snapdragon Satellite can expand to other devices, including laptops, tablets, vehicles, and IoT (Internet of Things).