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Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series to ditch Exynos for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC

By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Jul 11, 2022 10:25 pm
Samsung's Exynos SoC
Photo: Samsung India.

It has long been a tradition for Samsung to release its flagship Galaxy S series devices with two different processors—Samsung-made Exynos SoC for European and Asian markets and Qualcomm’s flagship processor for the rest. The company has always been criticised for this controversial practice and rightly so, as there are stark differences in performance and quality between the two chipsets.

Samsung’s Exynos-powered flagship Galaxy S series devices have been known to exhibit issues like heating, CPU throttling, display stutters and even battery drain. On the other hand, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets have always offered better performance and power efficiency which resulted in a better user experience for essentially the same device.

If a new report is to be believed, the company has finally decided to ditch the Exynos for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (SM8550) for all its upcoming flagship Galaxy S23 devices.

According to well-known tech analyst, Ming-chi Kuo, Qualcomm will be the sole chipset provider for Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series. Kuo says that Samsung is ditching its in-house Exynos 2300 for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 because the company is not confident that the Exynos SoC can “compete” with Qualcomm’s SoC.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Photo: Qualcomm.

“Qualcomm will likely be the sole processor supplier for Samsung Galaxy S23 (vs. 70% shipment proportion for S22) thanks to the next flagship 5G chip SM8550 made by TSMC 4nm,” Kuo wrote on Twitter. “S23 may not adopt Exynos 2300 made by Samsung 4nm because it can’t compete with SM8550 in all aspects.”

Kuo also believes that Qualcomm will capture more market share in the high-end segment if Samsung goes ahead with the switch to Qualcomm-made SoCs.

“Qualcomm/SM8550 will gain more market share in the high-end Android market in 2023. The economic recession affects the high-end market less, so the market share gain will significantly benefit Qualcomm and TSMC,” wrote Kuo.

By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Jul 11, 2022 10:25:00 pm