Every year, Samsung releases the flagship Galaxy S series phones with two chipset variants – Snapdragon and the internal Exynos processor. Usually, the Snapdragon variants are kept for the US and China, while the Exynos-powered variants are sold in the European and Indian markets.
This year, however, even the Indian region received a Snapdragon variant. Now, it looks like, once again, Samsung will bring the Snapdragon variant to more markets including India. In fact, according to a new report, Samsung may not release an Exynos variant at all.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series: possible chipset, cameras
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Qualcomm will likely be the only processor supplier for Samsung this year. This means that this year there will probably only be Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S23 models.
For those unaware, last year Snapdragon-powered models were higher and had a shipment proportion of around 70%. Now, according to the analyst, thanks to TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing, Samsung could opt for a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for the Galaxy S23.
Kuo said the Exynos 2300 cannot compete with the SM8550 (Snapdragon 8 Gen 2), because the SM8550 is more optimized and efficient. If this happens, Qualcomm will increase the market share of its SM8550 in 2023, benefiting both Qualcomm and TSMC.
The analyst also revealed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 or SM8550 will offer more computing power than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. That said, we are looking for a powerful and efficient chip when considering the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Samsung has yet to confirm whether it will fully utilize Qualcomm chips for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 series. But earlier this year, Samsung Mobile President TM Roh confirmed that the company would try to use unique processors for Galaxy phones. Now, we don’t know if this testimonial was about the Galaxy S23 flagships.
Nevertheless, we will see it next year. The Samsung Galaxy S23 series will likely be launched in the first quarter of 2023. Some of the early rumors reveal that the Galaxy S23 will come with a 200 MP Samsung HM1 ISOCELL sensor. On top of that, some concept renders reveal what the Galaxy S23 Ultra could look like, we’ve covered a separate story for that.
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