After so many tips and spy information, Qualcomm recently hinted that all 2023 Samsung flagships will come with a Snapdragon chip. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was also presented yesterday on one of the 4 nm nodes, one 3.19 GHz ARM Cortex-X3, two 2.8 GHz Cortex-A715, two also 2.8 GHz Cortex -A710 and three 2 GHz Cortex-A510 processor cores. All of this includes the Adreno 740 GPU with ray tracing, the X70 5G modem, LPDDR5X RAM, UFS 4.0, Bluetooth 5.3, and WiFi 7 support.
Everyone in the mobile world has already started salivating, but Samsung was left out of the partner list at the presentation. Not because all of its high-end devices are expected to be equipped with Exynos or MediaTek chips: an exclusive agreement was reached between the two parties with the special edition of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and the Koreans probably did not ask for a seat next to brands that have a field version of the top hardware. The Ice Universe also heard that: all over the market, Samsung’s high-end phones, including the Galaxy S23 family, come with Qualcomm chips, and from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, these devices will soon have a version with a higher clock rate, which will be Samsung’s exclusive until the eventual 8+ Gen 2 may remain a privilege.
The source also shared an undoubtedly convincing Geekbench 5 test result of 1504 / 4580 points (Galaxy S22 Ultra, Exynos 2200: 1145 / 3414 points), and the table lists 3.36 GHz next to the Cortex-X3 power core. However, the special version cannot be considered official yet, nevertheless, the use of Snapdragon would be good news for Europe, if this was a loss of prestige for Samsung after its first set created together with AMD. We should not get into what caused the rumors this summer, that every top device focused on performance instead of balanced thermal management, and the extra clocks do not exactly predict that the actors have learned from their mistakes.
The best moment for European users has arrived.
The European version of the Samsung Galaxy S23 series is confirmed to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen2, and it is a high-frequency version exclusive to Samsung. Please enjoy it. pic.twitter.com/w6DqCdH30b
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 16, 2022
Samsung’s performance reduction under the name Game Optimization Service also caused a minor scandal this year, but the Galaxy S23 can come with an open and directly communicated saving mode. In contrast to the usual power saving, the light mode would only hold back the clock signals a little for better efficiency, and this could be enough to squeeze out extra operating time. So far, there are no rumors about whether Samsung’s version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will receive a different designation (previously and in a different context, there was talk of an Ultra version) – but the product page of the Galaxy does not talk much about the type of hardware anyway. However, if the new chip uses TSMC’s next-generation 4 nm node, and Qualcomm scales up the best-quality chips for Samsung, perhaps thermal management will remain under control without software intervention.