Vivo has responded to questions about satellite communication in the Vivo X100 Pro. In a recent interview with Sparrows News, Vivo’s product manager, Han Boxiao, said that it is unlikely for new phones with true flagship platforms to support satellite communication by the end of the year.
“We are aware of the growing interest in satellite communication for smartphones, and we are actively exploring this technology,” Boxiao said. “However, there are still some challenges that need to be addressed before we can bring this feature to our flagship products.”
One of the biggest challenges is the cost of satellite communication chips. These chips are currently very expensive, and they would add significantly to the cost of a smartphone. Another challenge is the size and power consumption of satellite communication chips. These chips are also relatively large and power-hungry, which would make them difficult to integrate into a smartphone.
Boxiao said that Vivo is working with its partners to address these challenges. He said that the company is confident that satellite communication will eventually be supported by smartphones, but he did not give a timeline for when this might happen.
In the meantime, Vivo is offering a satellite communication feature on its Vivo X100 Pro. However, this feature is limited to one-way messaging, and it requires users to purchase a separate subscription from a third-party provider.
It is disappointing to hear that Vivo does not expect to support satellite communication in its flagship products by the end of the year. However, it is encouraging to know that the company is actively exploring this technology and that it is working to address the challenges.
It remains to be seen when satellite communication will become a mainstream feature in smartphones. However, it is clear that Vivo is committed to bringing this technology to its users as soon as possible.