Samsung Galaxy S23 may drop Exynos in favor of Qualcomm chipset altogether


Samsung recently confirmed that its Note lineup under the Galaxy S series will be present as Ultra. In other words, the South Korean company wants to make the Galaxy S series bigger than ever, not only in terms of number of phones but also in terms of specifications and marketing. A report has now suggested that Samsung may abandon its in-house Exynos processor entirely on the Galaxy S23 in favor of just Qualcomm’s Snapdragon.

Traditionally, Samsung has been using both Exynos and Qualcomm processors inside its flagship Galaxy S series phones. While Qualcomm processor-powered variants were limited to markets like the US and China, the rest of the world could buy Exynos-powered Galaxy S phones. Many people did not like the fact that they were not given a choice. Then, earlier this year, Samsung launched the only Qualcomm chipset-powered Galaxy S22 series in India for the first time, while Exynos-powered units hit limited markets. Next year, Samsung may do away with the hassle of using both chipsets for different markets, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Snapdragon on Exynos?

Kuo posted a series of tweets suggesting that the Exynos 2300 processor may not stand up to Qualcomm’s SM8550. This could be because the SM8550 uses TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process and is said to be superior to Samsung’s 4nm process, on which the Exynos 2300 chipset is based. For the past few years, Qualcomm has been using Samsung’s fabbing technology for its chipsets, so it was easy for Samsung to provide an alternative if the difference in performance wasn’t huge. But with the change in process, Samsung probably thinks it should take a step back. The SM8550, Kuo said, is better than the SM8450 and SM8475. Indirectly, it is better than Samsung’s recent Exynos chipset.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything about the specifications of the Galaxy S23. However, going for a Qualcomm chipset could give the next Samsung flagship more control in terms of power efficiency, according to Kuo. A separate report has suggested that Samsung may use the same 23-megapixel telephoto sensor as the Galaxy S22 on the Galaxy S10 series. But given that the processor will be faster, the handling of photos could improve.

Samsung may drop the Galaxy S23 post Exynos altogether in favor of the Qualcomm chipset that first appeared on BGR India.

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