Last week at Samsung Unpacked, Samsung introduced the S23 series, which is powered by Qualcomm‘s most powerful chipset so far, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (For Galaxy). Even though it was already considerably faster than its predecessor and scored higher in benchmark applications, the excitement around it was well-deserved. But it gets even better!
Similar to the original Snapdragon 8 for Galaxy, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy has a CPU with 1x Cortex-X3, 2x Cortex-A715, 2x Cortex-A710, and 3x Cortex-A510 cores, although the main Cortex-X3 core is now clocked at 3.36 GHz, up from 3.2 GHz. For the same reason, the GPU, Adreno 740, is operating at 719 MHz instead of the standard 680 MHz.
This year’s S23 results showed a solid 35% performance improvement over the last year, but the most important and helpful feature added in the S23 Ultra was the Light Performance Mode, which on first hearing may seem like nothing more than a fancy way of saying “Battery Saver.” However, there is much more to it, as this feature is exceptionally well-implemented by Samsung.
Yeah I know higher frequency and higher benchmark scores make you feel great.
But in reality it's a mere gimmick.
Light perfromance mode is the best feature recently added to OneUI.
Give up 10% speed, get -40% power consumption and +50% efficiency, why not?#GalaxyS23Ultra pic.twitter.com/nYep1oQDK7
— Golden Reviewer (@Golden_Reviewer) February 9, 2023
According to tests, with the Light Performance Mode enabled, there is essentially nothing to lose as it boasts a massive 50% improvement in overall efficiency, while only taking away 40% power with the benefit of a massive 40% improvement in battery life. Now that, is a real Battery Saver right there.
What makes this intriguing is that most of us average consumers don’t always have to use the full power of the SD 8 Gen2 for everyday tasks, but battery life is vital to everyone, so this can actually help people in certain ways, and if you ask me, it doesn’t look like a gimmick.
Samsung is likely to expand the functionality via software updates over time, but for the time being, the results are in front of you (the Tweet embedded above), and the differences can be seen for yourself. While this is all that we know at this point, we will make sure to keep you updated as new information becomes available.