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:
- 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.
- S23 may not adopt Exynos 2300 made by Samsung 4nm because it cannot compete with SM8550 in all aspects.
- 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.
- 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.