Samsung Galaxy S24 series rumors have been surfacing online for months before the launch. The latest report indicates that satellite connectivity will be added to the company’s flagship lineup.

Satellite connectivity was not available on the Galaxy S23 lineup, despite Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipsets supporting the feature. Last year, Apple introduced this feature to the iPhone 14 series. With the Galaxy S24, Samsung is finally catching up with the two-way satellite connection offered by the Galaxy S24.

According to Yonhap News, Lee Jong-ho, South Korea’s Minister of Science and ICT, confirmed the news. It was claimed by the Minister that domestic smartphone brands are planning to launch a service in 2024 that will allow data transmission between 5G phones and satellites. This statement likely hints at Samsung’s future plans for the 2024 flagship phone lineup, since Samsung is the largest mobile brand in the region.

During that time, the satellite ecosystem and surrounding technologies weren’t mature enough for Samsung to include satellite connectivity. Therefore, the brand decided to wait for technology to improve before rolling out the feature. Iridium Communications, which has a series of low-earth orbit satellites built specifically for emergency communications, has even collaborated with it on this project. Samsung might not be too far behind Huawei when it comes to satellite connectivity for Android devices.