Samsung ditches Exynos for Galaxy S23 in favor of Qualcomm Snapdragon

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Samsung will use Snapdragon processors globally for its next-generation Galaxy S23 smartphones, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Samsung typically shipped Galaxy phones in the US market with Snapdragon chips, while those in Europe and other international markets often housed Samsung’s own Exynos chipset.

Samsung used Qualcomm to supply around 70% of the Galaxy S22 series chips, according to a recent report. In the past, the Korean technology company generally used Snapdragon in its smartphones marketed in the United States, while using Exynos in international markets. But it looks like Samsung is ditching its Exynos processor entirely for its next-gen Galaxy flagship smartphones.

In February this year, initial reports did not paint a flattering picture picture of the Exynos 2200, compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The prevailing theory at the time was that Samsung needed to slow down the GPU on the Exynos 2200 in order to prevent overheating and maintain adequate battery life. If the shift to exclusive use of Snapdragon occurs, it could very well be due to performance, power efficiency, or both. Qualcomm’s SM-8550, more than likely to be named Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, is said to outperform Samsung’s upcoming Exynos chip. According to Kuo, the Exynos 2300 “can’t compete” with the next-gen Snapdragon. It also suggests that Qualcomm will gain an even larger share of the high-end market with its upcoming SM-8550.

The Exynos chip hasn’t had a good track record over the past two years. In 2020, Samsung fans started a petition that garnered tens of thousands of signatures asking the company to stop using Exynos chips in its devices. Fans’ call for the end of Exynos was prompted by the continued performance, battery life, and thermal issues often seen on Exynos versions of Samsung’s flagship devices. Following the petition, Samsung said that “Exynos and Snapdragon processors are subjected to the same strict and rigorous real-world testing scenarios to deliver consistent and optimal performance throughout the lifecycle of the smartphone.”

While Samsung may be drop the Exynos in its Galaxy devices, the company’s mobile president, TM Roh, told a town hall meeting in April that he was working on creating a new application processor that will be “unique” to Galaxy smartphones. We’ll just have to wait and see what all of this means in the coming months as more leaks and rumors are sure to surface about the Galaxy S23 series.

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