Leaks, renderings reveal a peek at the EV giant’s rumored Starlink-compatible smartphone.
Tesla phone it 2021?
It has been widely reported that US-based EV maker, Tesla will “officially launch” Model Pie phones “later this year”. It’s not clear exactly when, if that will happen, but the tech rumor mill is sparking talk.
Apart from a Starlink satellite connectivity; the Tesla Model Pi is also rumored to have solar charging and four cameras, and a skin that changes colors in the future design.
This got people wondering: is Tesla going to go after the iPhone – or just create an entirely new market segment, like a true-to-form satellite phone that works where traditional WiFi or 5G services are absent, And be able to mine cryptocurrencies anywhere, including Mars?
Even the Model Pi is rumored to have a brain-device interface from Neuralink which is headed by Musk is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces between computers and humans.
Its release date is a bit of a secret. A Starlink aerial is being taken out of the box. Anywhere smartphone with swift connectivity will be engaging gear as it eliminates the need for a physical connection. Tech publications have reportedly drooled images of the new device from the EV maker, including few aspects on what it can do.
Call to Mars
The most frequent rumor is that the phone will have a Starlink connection. By definition, this would enable the phone to work on Mars as well, and be able to connect with people on Earth.
From Bell to 5G
Phones have come a long way since Alexander Graham Bell patented his gear in 1876. In 2021, total global 5G smartphone production is expected to reach around 500 million. In addition, the 5G penetration rate will rapidly reach 37%. Market intelligence firm Trendforce says the top 7 global phone makers in 2021 are: Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, Samsung, Apple, and Transsion. Together, they will account for about 80% of the global phone market. However, this market may be disrupted by an affordable smartphone.
Starlink is one of Elon Musk’s most important pet projects and fits perfectly into the next generation of smartphones. Tesla is closely connected to Space-X, a separate satellite launcher with aspirations to land humans on Mars. Starlink, of course, wants to build a network of low-orbit satellites to provide easy Internet access anywhere, eventually sending more than 40,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit; It has reached over 500,000 signups. Native StarLink support for Tesla Pie phones, if it comes out, is a widely expected feature. Space industry trackers have reported that there are more than 1,600 Starlink satellites currently in orbit (November 4, 2021), making it the largest artificial constellation of its kind.
Even though making a smartphone may prove to be as hard as rocket science. Tesla is a technological innovator who is also closely related to Space X, one of the most advanced space companies today, and the first to use a reusable rocket that Lands vertically on land and on sea drones.
Phone to Mars
Tesla Pi phones are designed to work on Mars; not cafes or theaters or chocolate bars, but are designed to work on Mars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk famously said: “I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.”
Not the first satellite phone
If indeed it turns out, the Tesla Model Pi smartphone will not be the very first as a satellite phone (ie the Iridium and Thuraya ). But it will be the first satellite phone compatible with StarLink; an under-construction globe-spanning communications satellite constellation being developed by SpaceX designed to deliver high-speed Internet even to the farthest part of the world. has gone.
While speculation abounds, there are many unanswered questions, such as: How much will it retail for? Does it have a SIM card? What is the monthly fee for using Starlink? Can I Buy One Without Buying a Tesla EV First?