Samsung’s Galaxy flagships have always used two different chipsets depending on where you buy them, but it looks like the Galaxy S23 series will be far behind in that regard, using Snapdragon chips globally.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Samsung has plans to use Snapdragon chips in the Galaxy S23 in all regions, compared to using Qualcomm to provide about 70% of the Galaxy S22 series chips.
Historically, Samsung has generally used Snapdragon chips in the US and some other major markets, but Exynos is in many international markets across Europe and Asia.
This year’s replacement for the SM-8550, which will likely be named Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, appears to be due to Qualcomm’s stronger performance on Samsung’s upcoming Exynos chip. Exynos 2300 “can’t compete” with the next Snapdragon chip according to Kuo. It is also expected that Qualcomm will gain more market share in the high-end Android market with this upcoming chip.
In 2020, Samsung fans submitted a petition that collected tens of thousands of signatures demanding that the company stop using Exynos chips. This is spurred by continued performance, battery life, and especially heat issues often found on Exynos versions of Samsung flagships. In a statement released at the time, Samsung said that both Exynos and Snapdragon processors go through the same rigorous and rigorous testing scenarios in real life in order to deliver consistent and optimal performance throughout the entire smartphone lifecycle.
Fast forward this year, when Samsung announced the Exynos 2200 after rumors of chipping away at the chip due to performance concerns. The chip version ended up with a raw performance similar to that of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but there are still some issues with games and apps, as well as some software bugs.
While the Galaxy S23 will only use Snapdragon chips according to this report, earlier this year Samsung said it plans to build a new “unique” chipset for Galaxy smartphones. It is still unknown how this particular chip will be different from Exynos designs.
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