In the Galaxy S flagship series, Qualcomm’s processor has been gaining ground on Samsung’s own Exynos chipset. Only European devices received the Exynos 2200 this year; the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered the remainder. During an earning call for the second quarter, Qualcomm CEO Cristino Amon disclosed that the Snapdragon processor powered 75% of S22 devices.
The CEO predicted that this percentage will increase next year, supporting experts’ claims that the Galaxy S23 series will only feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. ”We were 75% on Galaxy S22 before the agreement. You should be thinking about we’re going to be much better than that on S23 and beyond”, Amon stated. Fair enough, he didn’t say it would be 100%, but there isn’t much leeway between 75% and 100% when you take into account that the distinct versions would require twice as much software maintenance.
According to Amon, the Qualcomm and Samsung relationship “expands beyond Galaxy smartphones to encompass Galaxy books, Windows PCs, Galaxy tablets, future extended reality devices and other products”. The two brands renewed their patent licensing contract, which includes 3G, 4G, 5G and 6G devices (in time), until 2032.
Is the Exynos divide finally coming to an end? No, but it has to be reformed, claims Samsung. The company’s immediate goal is to bring Exynos processors to new form factors, such as wearables. Exynos processors are also available in the mid-range and entry-level price ranges; Samsung is actively seeking new consumers for these chips.
Despite not having been officially verified, analysts assert that Samsung has put together a team to create a new smartphone processor. This might take some time, as it’s anticipated that the Galaxy S series would only employ Snapdragon processors through 2024. Rumor has it that instead of making incremental advancements, a new chipset will be created essentially from scratch over the next few years.
Again, this is only conjecture, but it appears that the Exynos 2300 may have suffered since the incoming Exynos 2230 5G failed to live up to expectations (the 5G modem is embedded). Instead, Samsung’s Snapdragon X70 will be employed.
Since the beginning, Samsung has only ever used Snapdragon CPUs on its foldable devices, and we anticipate that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 will follow suit. They’ll probably receive the 8+ Gen 1.
The second generation of the Snapdragon 8 processor will be introduced in mid-November, and its first phones are anticipated to arrive in December. Later, towards the start of 2023, the Galaxy S23 series should be released.
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