The newest Vivo X100 Pro+ is reportedly testing satellite connectivity. While the Vivo X100 series debuted in November with the Vivo X100 and Vivo X100 Pro models, the Pro+ variant equipped with satellite connectivity has not yet been officially announced.
After Huawei and Oppo, Vivo is also working on satellite communications
Vivo is actively experimenting with satellite communication functionality. This step follows the trend set by Huawei, whose flagship phones, such as the Huawei Mate 60 Pro, already have integrated satellite communication features.
It is noteworthy that the OPPO Find X7 series has officially announced support for satellite communication technology. The president of Honor’s product line hinted at satellite support in the upcoming flagship, which is expected to debut with Magic 6. Xiaomi is also rumored to be testing satellite communication capabilities. However, it is unknown whether this feature will be available in Xiaomi 14 Ultra.
It’s not just mainstream brands that are delving into this innovative area. In November, China Telecom introduced the Tianyi Bolton S9, a dual-mode 5G satellite phone priced at 4599 yuan (~$650). The device features a built-in satellite antenna and has a regular phone form factor without the need to change SIM cards or numbers. The Tianyi Bolton S9 integrates China’s indigenously developed Tiantong satellite mobile communications system, supporting Tiantong two-way satellite voice communications and providing uninterrupted nationwide connectivity.
The decision of Vivo to test satellite connectivity in the X100 Pro+ demonstrates the growing interest in this feature among both manufacturers and consumers. As various industry players are actively exploring this technology, it is expected to become a standard feature of mobile devices in the near future.