We’re likely just a few months away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup, but as usual, plenty of new features and improvements could be rumored ahead of launch, and two potential updates have just leaked.
First of all, there’s the possibility that the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup will support satellite communications in some form. This comes from a report on ETNews (opens in a new tab)which claims that Samsung is working with Iridium, a global satellite communications company, to provide this functionality in the Galaxy S23 line.
While Iridium is capable of providing voice and data communication services, Samsung will reportedly limit the S23’s satellite capabilities to text messages and small images, due to the fact that it can only fit a small antenna on a phone.
That may sound restrictive, but it should be enough to help you reach contacts or emergency services in situations where there is no cell signal.
The other Samsung Galaxy S23 leak today relates specifically to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, which will supposedly have a display that can reach up to 2150 nits of brightness, or maybe even higher.
S23u max brightness, up to 2150 nits “Numbers may be different at launch, due to additional tweaks Min 2100Max 2200+Pwz dimming still loses to Q9 (slightly) below 2kNovember 23, 2022
The source of this is @RGcloudS (opens in a new tab)who made the claim on Twitter (discovered by SamMobile (opens in a new tab)), but noted that the maximum brightness could be slightly different at launch, possibly even exceeding 2200 nits, due to additional adjustments.
For reference, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra tops out at 1750 nits of brightness, so this would be an upgrade, which could be beneficial in helping you see the screen clearly in bright sunlight. We’d take this with a grain of salt, though, especially since the source doesn’t have much of a history yet.
Analysis: match and beat the iPhone 14 Pro Max
The brightest smartphone screen on the planet currently is the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which can hit 2,000 nits, so if this leak is correct, Samsung will beat Apple and take the new record.
But Samsung will also be in competition with Apple if its next phones support satellite communications, as the iPhone 14 lineup is among a very small number of phones that have this functionality right now.
Questions remain, however, about how Samsung’s implementation will compare to Apple’s, if at all, and which one will be better.
On the iPhone 14 series, you’re limited to contacting emergency services, and the feature is currently only available in the US and Canada. So it remains to be seen if 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 explore this idea, because it’s a potentially life-saving feature that we expect to see on most of the best phones in the coming years.