Huawei Mate 50 flagship rumored to feature satellite support for SMS messaging
Tipster says Huawei Mate 50 series will offer satellite-based SMS service
As it turns out, a fresh report says that the iPhone won’t be the only handset to include support for satellite connectivity when cell service is not an option. A Weibo tipster (via Huawei Central) says that the delayed flagship Huawei Mate 50 line might come equipped with support for the Beidou satellite system. This feature will allow users to communicate using the satellite’s short message service even when there is no cellular signal available.
As a result, the Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro will launch sometime during the first half of 2022. There is a very good chance that the Mate 50 line will allow users to send and receive text messages via satellite especially since 2020’s Huawei P40 series featured high precision navigation driven by Beidou’s satellite system. This is another sign that Huawei continues to innovate and is not giving up its floundering smartphone business despite the restrictions placed on the company by the U.S.
Other Chinese smartphone brands are expected to include satellite support by the end of 2021
The Weibo tipster who spread the rumor about the Mate 50 and its possible support for sending satellite-based SMS messages adds that other Chinese smartphone brands will probably support satellite connectivity by the end of this year. The Beidou SMS feature is part of the satellite system’s navigation system, it is used in many different industries including forest fire prevention, power monitoring, and transportation.
When it comes to the use of satellite connectivity for SMS messages, it will allow users to stay in touch with others using text messages even in areas where there is no cellular service. Eventually, phone manufacturers hope to allow users to make and take phone calls without requiring the use of a cellular network.