Samsung will only use the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for its upcoming S23 series
As customary, Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra in Q1 of 2023. In a recent development, Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Samsung is going to axe its in-house Exynos chipsets for the upcoming S23 flagship series. To date, Samsung has been selling two models of their flagship mobiles, one powered by the flagship Qualcomm SoC and the other with their in-house Exynos SoC. If the rumour is true this will be the first time since the inception of the S series, Samsung is relying solely on Qualcomm.
For several years, the Samsung flagships powered by Exynos SoC have been underperforming when compared to their Qualcomm brothers. The company has faced quite a backlash from the users in Europe and Asia where the Exynos devices were being sold.
There was about a 10-20% performance difference between the Snapdragon and Exynos variants of the S21 Ultra. Even with lower performance numbers, the Exynos variant used to overheat and throttle during long workloads.
Even in the camera performance, the different variants produce widely different results with the Exynos variants usually coming short than their Snapdragon counterparts. Adding fuel to the fire, the battery life of the devices with Samsung’s in-house chipsets used to last much shorter.
In 2022, Samsung ditched the Exynos variants for the S22 Ultra in the Indian markets. The S22 Ultra with Exynos 2200 is still being sold in Europe, besides other markets globally.
While on the surface it may appear to be a piece of good news for the users it might not be all good if you look at the bigger picture. With the deletion of the Exynos chipsets, Samsung will be solely reliant on Qualcomm for their flagship S series. This might cause supply issues for the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, moreover, there might not be any incentive for Qualcomm to provide their chips at lower rates which might lead to an increase in the price of the upcoming devices.
As Samsung has not made any official report on the matter, it seems Samsung is gradually eliminating the use of Exynos chipsets in their flagship devices.
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