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Qualcomm chips to power satellite tech in Chinese smartphones

Chipmakers from MediaTek to Samsung bring 'non-terrestrial' messaging to phones

Qualcomm is collaborating with three major Chinese smartphone makers to put satellite-powered communications into their devices. (Photo courtesy of Qualcomm) 

BARCELONA, Spain -- Mobile chip developer Qualcomm is working with Chinese handset makers Honor, Oppo and Xiaomi to introduce smartphones with satellite-enabled communications capabilities, the U.S. company said on Monday.

The announcement comes as leading chipmakers around the globe, including MediaTek and Samsung, are also racing to bring satellite-based communications to mass market smartphones in hopes of kickstarting a sluggish mobile market.

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