Infinix announced the ZERO 30 5G smartphone in September, bringing features such as a 108-MP triple rear camera setup, 50 MP selfie camera, support for up to 21 GB RAM, and other premium specs. However, Infinix surprised us by unveiling its groundbreaking achievement in communication technology: the Explorer Satellite Communication Technology, a standard that came with the ZERO 5G.
Infinix is well known for its affordable Android smartphones and consumer electronics with competitive specifications. However, the company’s shift from traditional consumer electronics to satellite communication technology is new. So what is this Explorer Satellite Communication Technology, what does it do, and how does it compare to similar tech from Samsung, Apple, and Huawei? In this article, we will explore this new tech and the future it holds.
What is Explorer Satellite Communication Technology?
The Explorer Satellite Communication Technology by Infinix is a new communication system that utilizes the advanced IoT low-earth orbit satellite network to provide users with uninterrupted connectivity for communication in remote and isolated environments and during emergencies.
This innovative satellite communication tech enables the rapid processing of messages and two-way text messaging, surpassing your conventional networks’ limitations. With a baseline speed of 2.2kb per second, the system can transmit one message per second and up to 1.9 million messages per hour, with the ability to serve more users as more satellites are deployed.
According to Infinix, this bidirectional communication system can transmit up to 84 bytes of data simultaneously and potentially transfer images in the future.
The Transsion-owned company states its vision clearly: to revolutionise how we connect and communicate by providing access to connectivity even in the most remote and underserved regions of the world.
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How does Infinix Explorer Satellite Communication Technology work?
Infinix’s satellite communication tech is handy when you are beyond Wi-Fi or cellular network connectivity and need to relay a message, especially when in dire straits. One significant advantage of this messaging system is that it surpasses the limitations seen with conventional networks and allows users to maintain uninterrupted connections even in remote environments.
The “uninterrupted connections” is one of the most essential things first responders and affected communities need to seek aid and support during emergencies caused by earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, wildfires, hurricanes, and other forms of natural or man-made disasters. This tech will play a crucial role in mitigating the impact of emergencies and saving lives.
Other than emergencies, you can still use this feature to exchange messages with your friends or family members when you are out hiking, fishing, camping, or doing activities that might take you out of reach of your cellular signal.
However, this messaging system is still a new technology with limitations. You can’t make calls or do anything besides satellite messaging, though Infinix says future versions can send images and do more.
Infinix Satellite Communication vs Apple vs Huawei
Infinix’s satellite communication technology is called “Explorer Satellite Communication Technology. ” Apple’s is called “Emergency SOS via satellite, ” while Huawei’s is called “Satellite Communication.”
Satellite emergency SOS:
Apple, Huawei, and Infinix satellite communication systems all support messaging of emergency services when users require them. These systems were developed primarily for emergencies. Using satellite emergency SOS is the equivalent of calling 911.
Satellite messaging is different from satellite emergency SOS. Both Huawei and Infinix support two-way messaging when hiking, fishing or camping where there is no Wi-Fi or cellular network connectivity. Apple, on the other hand, uses the service only for emergency situations, and not for casual messaging between friends.
Huawei supports satellite calling. On the other hand, Apple and Infinix don’t support satellite calling, though Infinix suggests this feature might come sometime in the future.
Apple’s satellite communication system is free for two years upon activation of the iPhone 14 and 15 models, after which users will have to pay. For Huawei, its satellite messaging is free. However, users must pay up to $27 monthly to use the satellite calling feature. Infinix, on the other hand, hasn’t revealed much.
Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite is available in 16 countries and still counting. Huawei’s Satellite Communication is only available in China. Infinix, on the other hand, hasn’t revealed much about the availability of the Explorer Satellite Communication Technology.
The race to add satellite connectivity to smartphones is new and will stay for a while. Infinix, too, has joined the fray with the launch of its satellite messaging system and promises more features in later versions.
While mobile chip giant Qualcomm has given up on satellite communication tech, we expect smartphone brands like Honor and OPPO to launch theirs before the end of the year.