OPPO has recently revealed that its upcoming flagship smartphone, which could be the Find X7 Pro, will support satellite communication technology. While specific information about the release timeline, regional availability, and technology partners has not been disclosed, OPPO’s announcement has sparked excitement among smartphone users.
Satellite connectivity in smartphones is a feature that people may not often need but can prove to be highly valuable in certain situations. Android had previously planned to revolutionize satellite communication with the Snapdragon Satellite project, set to launch in the second half of 2023. However, Qualcomm terminated its partnership with Iridium, leaving the future of the project uncertain.
OPPO’s announcement has renewed hope for satellite connectivity in smartphones, as it promises to bring this feature to its next flagship device. Although the announcement does not specify the exact model, it is widely believed to be the Find X7 Pro.
Despite the lack of details provided by OPPO, speculation suggests that the company may have partnered with other technology providers to enable satellite communication on their device. Rumors also point to the possibility of the phone featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, indicating compatibility with Qualcomm SoCs.
It should be noted that there is no information regarding a global launch for the smartphone. In the past, OPPO skipped an international release for the Find X6 Pro flagship, indicating that the Find X7 Pro may also have limited availability outside of China.
Furthermore, satellite communication is a regionally-restricted feature. Companies like Apple have primarily focused on the US market for this technology, while Snapdragon Satellite aimed to cater to North America and Europe. Considering that OPPO’s announcement was made in China, it is possible that satellite communication will be limited to the Chinese market even if the phone is widely released.
The future availability of this feature in other markets through the Find X7 Pro or OPPO’s sub-brands remains uncertain. However, smartphone users worldwide remain hopeful that OPPO will expand the reach of satellite communication technology in its upcoming flagship device.