Qualcomm confirms that the Galaxy S23 series will use only Snapdragon chips

Tamsin Rodriguez28 July 2022Last Update : 2 weeks ago
Qualcomm confirms that the Galaxy S23 series will use only Snapdragon chips

Samsung’s in-house Exynos chipset has lost ground to its Qualcomm rival in the Galaxy S flagship series. This year, only European devices got the Exynos 2200, the rest were powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon revealed that 75% of S22 devices were powered by the Snapdragon chip in a second quarter earnings call.

The CEO suggested that this share will increase next year, supporting the claim by analysts that the Galaxy S23 series will exclusively use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.”[W]e was 75% on the Galaxy S22 before the deal. You should think that we will be much better than that on the Galaxy S23 and beyond,” said Amon.

Qualcomm’s partnership with Samsung “extends beyond Galaxy smartphones to include Galaxy Books, Windows PCs, Galaxy tablets, future augmented reality devices and other devices,” Amon said. The two companies extended their patent license agreement until 2030, which covers 3G, 4G, 5G and (eventually) 6G devices.

Is this the end of the Exynos division? No, says Samsung, but it needs to be reorganized. In the short term, the company will look to expand Exynos chips into other form factors such as wearables. There are also mid-level and entry-level Exynos chips, these are apparently here to stay and Samsung is looking for new customers for them.

Although it was not officially confirmed, observers claim that Samsung has assembled a team to develop a new smartphone chipset. This could take a while, and the Galaxy S series is expected to exclusively use Snapdragon chips into 2024. According to rumors, the idea is to skip iterative improvements and use those few years to develop a new chipset pretty much from scratch.

This is again only in the realm of speculation, but it seems that it could have been the upcoming Exynos 2230 5G that failed to live up to expectations, again filling the Exynos 2300 (the 5G modem is embedded). Instead, the Snapdragon X70 from Samsung must be used.

Samsung’s foldable devices have exclusively used Snapdragon chips since the beginning, and we think the same is true for the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold 4. They will most likely get 8+ Gen 1.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be unveiled in mid-November with the first phones to use it expected in December. Then the Galaxy S23 series should arrive in early 2023.

Source 1 (Qualcomm serves call transcript) | Via 1 | Source 2 (in Korean) | Via 2

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