The expected arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S23 isn’t that far off now – it should appear around January – and the latest prediction from those in the know is that the phone series could use Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipsets exclusively.
This comes from the generally trusted industry analyst Ming Chi Kuo (opens in new tab)who believes that the superior performance of the next-gen Snapdragon mobile processor is “likely” to outperform anything Samsung can do with its own Exynos 2300.
When it comes to Galaxy S phones, Samsung has already split CPU tasks between itself and Qualcomm. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S22, for example, 70% of the phones had a Qualcomm 8 Gen 1 processor, while 30% carried the Samsung Exynos 2200 – these Exynos handsets were widely sold in Europe.
Chips with everything
Neither the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 nor the Samsung Exynos 2300 are official yet, although rumors have started. Both chipsets will make use of 4nm architecture technology like the processors they are replacing.
However, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, Samsung’s CPU can’t compete “in every respect” with Qualcomm – and Samsung wouldn’t want to put a phone up for sale if there was a significant discrepancy in performance or battery life. , depending on which processor it was in and where in the world it was sold.
This move was also predicted by other sources, with Samsung apparently working to get a new and improved CPU ready for 2025 and ready to use Qualcomm’s silicon in the meantime. Nothing is certain yet – we’ve heard a similar rumor about the Galaxy S22.
Analysis: what we know so far
We’re still six months away from seeing the Galaxy S23 – assuming Samsung launches the phone when we think it will – but there’s already been a considerable amount of speculation when it comes to what this 2023 flagship phone might bring.
We’ve heard rumors that the rear camera module could feature a 200MP main sensor and become the first Samsung handset to hit that megapixel mark. Apparently, the selfie camera on the front will also receive a significant upgrade.
That selfie camera won’t be built into the screen, according to those in the know. We can expect the usual performance boosts too, and we can also be treated to improved battery life – although don’t count on that.
Let’s hope that Samsung is able to make enough units to keep up with demand. Before we see the Galaxy S23, though, we’ll have the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, which are expected to be revealed in August.