Samsung Galaxy S23 phones: No Samsung chip inside, it’s all Qualcomm

Samsung currently offers its Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone with different SoCs inside depending on the market, with some markets getting the Exynos 2200-powered Galaxy S22 Ultra, and other markets getting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC.

But for their next-gen Galaxy S23 family of smartphones, Samsung is rumored to be ditching the use of its in-house Exynos SoC and moving into the warm and loving arms of Qualcomm and its next-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. The news comes from analyst and insider Ming-Chi Kuo, who described it quite easily:

  1. Qualcomm will likely be the sole processor supplier for the Samsung Galaxy S23 (compared to a 70% shipment share for the S22) thanks to the upcoming flagship 5G SM8550 chip manufactured by TSMC 4nm.
  2. S23 may not adopt Exynos 2300 made by Samsung 4nm because it cannot compete with SM8550 in all aspects.
  3. The SM8550 is optimized for TSMC’s design rule, so it has obvious advantages over the SM8450/SM8475 in terms of computing power and power efficiency.
  4. Qualcomm/SM8550 will gain more market share in the high-end Android market in 2023. The economic recession affects the high-end market less, so the market share gain will greatly benefit Qualcomm and TSMC.

Samsung has been losing the SoC race for a while now, and while the new AMD RDNA 2-powered GPU inside the Exynos 2200 SoC was supposed to be something awesome, it was a smoking heap of crap. Apple is doing some incredible things with its A-series of mobile processors, with the next-generation A16 SoC dropping inside the iPhone 14 later this year, fabricated on the new TSMC N5P process node.

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen1 isn’t the fastest SoC, as there’s the beefed up Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 (the differentiator there’s the + if you haven’t seen it) that’s on the inside. interior of the new ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro gaming smartphone.

It’s an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but the new Samsung Galaxy S23 family of phones would get Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC.

It was before rumored in November 2021, where I reported that Samsung’s then next-gen, and now current-gen, Galaxy S22 family of smartphones could upgrade exclusively to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 processor at the time. So the move from Samsung’s in-house Exynos to all-Qualcomm isn’t new, and moving forward only makes more sense.

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