27 July 2022
Samsung has traditionally opted for both Qualcomm and Exynos chipsets for its Galaxy S-series of flagships. It launches Exynos variants in select markets and the rest of the world receives units with Qualcomm Snapdragon. However, the performance gap between the two chips has grown in recent times as Exynos continue to lag behind. This seems to be the reason that Samsung is now rumored to release Galaxy S23 series with only Qualcomm processors.
The leak is coming from Ming-Chi Kuo, a market research analyst, who tweeted about the possibility. He says that Samsung released 70% of Galaxy S22 devices with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It will be moving completely to Qualcomm for the upcoming Galaxy S23 lineup. He says Qualcomm SM8550 will be the choice of chipset for the smartphones.
The SM8550 will be manufactured using TSMC's 4nm fabrication process. It will be a 5G processor and will likely be known as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The reason behind complete adoption is said to be related to Exynos 2300's performance. It is developed using Samsung's 4nm process but is unable to compete with what Qualcomm's offering is bringing to the table.
This is not the first time we are hearing about Samsung's intentions to ditch the Exynos processor for Galaxy S-series processors completely. The company has maintained its stance that no decision has been taken yet. The way multiple rumors are surfacing, it seems like an official announcement is just a matter of time but we will suggest you take these reports with a pinch of salt for the time being.