Samsung to Mostly Include Snapdragon Processors in its Upcoming Galaxy S23 Lineup, Exynos Taking A Backseat

We’ve been hearing speculations for a long that Samsung may forego its own Exynos flagship processor in favor of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon power. Qualcomm has now used its Q3 fiscal year 2022 earnings conference to announce that it will power Samsung flagship phones worldwide as part of a broad agreement.

Shortly after publishing its Q1 2022 financial results, Samsung announced that the development of Exynos chipsets will continue, however, a restructure is necessary. According to reports, the IT behemoth said the following.

“Currently, we are reorganizing our system-on-chip (SoC) business model, and are pursuing a plan to strengthen our competitiveness in the mid- to long-term. In particular, we are focusing on strengthening the competitiveness of the next-generation mobile Exynos, and we are trying to maximize the market share of major customers by strengthening cooperation with leading IP companies and starting early development. Efforts are underway to improve the soundness of the mobile-oriented business structure by expanding applications such as wearables other than smartphones, and to secure a multilateral cooperation model.”

In the Galaxy S flagship series, Samsung’s in-house Exynos chipset has been losing ground to Qualcomm Only European devices received the Exynos 2200 this year, with the remainder powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In a second-quarter earnings call, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon said that the Snapdragon processor powered 75% of S22 devices.

Qualcomm’s CEO claimed that this proportion will rise next year, validating experts’ claims that the Galaxy S23 series will only employ the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.

We were 75% on Galaxy S22 before the agreement. You should be thinking about we’re going to be much better than that on Galaxy S23 and beyond,”

– Amon

According to Amon, Qualcomm’s collaboration with Samsung “expands beyond Galaxy smartphones to encompass Galaxy books, Windows PCs, Galaxy tablets, future extended reality devices, and other products.” The patent licensing arrangement between the two corporations has been extended until 2030, covering 3G, 4G, 5G devices.

Since the beginning, Samsung’s foldable have used only Snapdragon CPUs, and we assume the same will be true for the next Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold 4. They will very certainly receive the 8+ Gen 1.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is scheduled to be introduced in mid-November, with the first phones to use it following in December. The Galaxy S23 series will thereafter be released in early 2023.

Muhammad Zuhair
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