Once upon a time, Samsung flagship phones — in South Africa (and other places) — ran on Exynos chipsets. Last year, however, it was Snapdragon across the board. This year, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 lineup is expected to follow suit with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in all of its handsets. But it seems there’s a wrinkle coming up.
According to a report by website 9to5Google, which claims to have seen documentation evidence, Samsung’s version of the 8 Gen 2 for 2023 isn’t the same as everyone else’s. There’s a customised version of the chipset in the works. This seems to be part of a growing trend in smartphone development.
Setting the S23 apart
The report claims that Samsung’s S23 phones will feature a version of the 8 Gen 2 chipset that won’t be used by anyone else. It’ll be called the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy, because you’re nothing in this world without branding, apparently.
The difference? It’ll be speedier than the stock Snapdragon for 2023. Qualcomm’s standard chips top out at 3.2GHz (for its main core). The chips reserved for Samsung’s phones will feature speeds up to 3.36GHz (also for a single core). There are several rumours floating around about the chip but the increased clock speed and its inclusion in the Galaxy S23 lineup are the only ones that seem credible at the moment.
If true, and there’s no reason to expect that it isn’t, this is one way for Samsung to set itself apart from the rest of the major device manufacturers. Each year, the fastest smartphones in everyone’s stable use the same components. It’s usually only the chassis and the software that really set them apart (unless you’re using an iPhone). If Samsung can claim to have the fastest flagship in 2023, that’s only going to increase its sales.
Unless someone else pays Qualcomm for an even quicker chipset before the end of the year. But what are the odds of that?