Samsung Galaxy S23 Series will powered by The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Chipset
The Exynos 2300 and the next Snapdragon were previously rumored to power the Samsung Galaxy S23 series, but plans may have shifted.
If the company sticks to its usual product schedule, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series flagship smartphone lineup should be unveiled in January 2023. However, one significant change expected this year could be the chipset used by Samsung's mainstream flagship smartphones this year. According to the most recent market speculation, courtesy of industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series may entirely rely on Qualcomm's upcoming flagship chipsets - rather than splitting the lineup between Snapdragon and its own, in-house Exynos chips.
Samsung Galaxy S23: Why is this Change Expected?
According to Kuo, Samsung believes that its upcoming Exynos 2300 chipset will lag behind Qualcomm in terms of overall performance and connectivity. As a result, Samsung reportedly believes it "can't compete" in "all aspects" with the upcoming Snapdragon chipset, known as Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to be built using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s (TSMC) 4nm fabrication process. The chipset appears to be "optimised" for the TSMC 4nm process, but the Exynos 2300, which is expected to use a similar 4nm standard as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, is not.
This is why, with the Galaxy S23 series, Samsung may switch entirely to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, abandoning its own Exynos flagship chip for sale in select markets around the world. India, for example, has previously used Samsung's Exynos chipsets, whereas Qualcomm's Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S flagships have appeared in markets such as the United States.
If Kuo's prediction is correct, this will be the first time that Samsung uses the same chipset on all of its flagship phones. Many have questioned whether the Exynos chips provide the same level of performance, heat management, and efficiency as Samsung's Exynos chips, but the company appears eager to avoid such issues this time.
It is worth noting that, according to industry rumors, the Exynos 2300 was reportedly in development until at least May of this year, implying that Samsung could have terminated it quite recently. The Korean electronics conglomerate was also the first in the world to announce a 3nm GAAFET fabrication process for its next-generation chipsets, but it would not be ready for mass production in mobile phones until at least the end of this year.
As a result, Samsung may introduce new chips based on the 3nm process later in 2023, while continuing to use the 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the S23 series for the time being.
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