Is Huawei no longer the leader? New devices from Honor, OPPO, and Xiaomi support satellite communication.

As we all know, Huawei’s Mate60 series phones have another name: “Far Ahead”. This name is not just because Huawei’s CEO continuously emphasized the device’s groundbreaking features, but also because the phone indeed hosts numerous unique functions that other brands are yet to implement.

For instance, the bi-directional satellite communication technology is an exclusive feature of the Huawei Mate60 series. Other phone manufacturers haven’t been able to incorporate this.

However, after a few months, Huawei’s proprietary feature is no longer exclusive. Other manufacturers have finally managed to integrate satellite communication technology into their devices.

Honor’s Magic6 has officially announced it will carry the Hongyan satellite communication technology. Zhao Ming even stated that the satellite communication solution that Honor and its domestic partners have jointly developed will be shared with the entire industry, making the technology accessible to all brands.

A blogger even released a test video demonstrating that the Magic6’s satellite communication feature surpasses the Huawei Mate60 Pro in several ways, such as faster satellite acquisition, stable connections beyond 5 minutes, and no need for specific direction alignment before use.

Following this, OPPO Find X7 has also declared support for satellite communication. OPPO’s approach relies on telecommunications, specifically employing the Telecommunication Tiantong-1 satellite, which automatically aims the antenna beam at the satellite. This allows users to maintain communication connectivity, both through the handset and in speaker mode.

In addition, a blogger revealed that the Xiaomi 14 Ultra is about to be launched. This device will be the first phone from Xiaomi to support satellite communication technology. Given that it also uses the Tiantong-1 satellite, its functions will be similar to the Huawei Mate60 series.

In fact, China Telecom has previously stated that they are working with mainstream manufacturers like Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi. They predict satellite communication will become a standard feature in future high-end domestic smartphones, not something exclusive to Huawei.

Therefore, these manufacturers supporting satellite communication in their phones is quite understandable. Once one brand solves the technology, others can quickly follow, relying primarily on the telecommunication satellite.

Furthermore, China Mobile also recently joined the satellite communication frontier. China Mobile Research Institute, in collaboration with the industry, successfully developed the satellite base station based on the 3GPP R17 NR NTN standard. In the future, major cell phone manufacturers won’t need to collaborate solely with Telecom to utilize satellite communication technology, as Mobile will also be able to provide similar services.
We believe that satellite communication technology will become more common, and prices may become cheaper.

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