One of those uncommon features for smartphones that you hope you never need but are happy to have when you do is satellite connectivity. The Snapdragon Satellite was meant to bring Android it sat-com revolution in H2 2023, but Qualcomm and Iridium have dissolved their collaboration, so that project is no longer moving forward.
The news from OPPO that their upcoming Find flagship will have satellite connectivity features gives us optimism that phones with satellite connectivity will be available in the near future.
According to OPPO, satellite communication technology will be supported by the upcoming Find flagship. Although not stated specifically, we assume this is referring to the feature that the OPPO Find X7 Pro will soon have.
We must speculate based on leaks and rumors as OPPO’s announcement has no additional information regarding the timetable or regional support.
It’s unclear what technological partners OPPO has resorted to now that Snapdragon Satellite has dissolved in order to integrate satellite communication into its product. According to rumours, the phone will include the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which means that the technology will work in some capacity with Qualcomm SoCs.
On the other hand, OPPO has made no mention of the phone’s international rollout. For the Find X6 Pro flagship, OPPO opted not to hold an international launch, and there is currently no word on whether the Find X7 Pro will follow suit.
Even if the phone is released worldwide, its satellite communication capability is limited to a certain area. Global OEMs such as Apple targeted the US market with this feature, whereas Snapdragon Satellite targeted Europe and North America.
Even if the phone is made widely accessible, it’s possible that the satellite communication feature will only be available in China given the announcement’s local context rather than a global one.
It’s unclear if OPPO will use the Find X7 Pro or one of its subsidiary brands to expand the availability of this feature in additional markets. We hope and pray that it does.
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