Samsung has some changes coming to the Galaxy S24 lineup, according to a new report out of Korea. Unless, that is, you’re planning to pick up the Galaxy S24 Ultra. If that’s the case, then it may be business as usual. If you’re planning to go a little smaller with Samsung’s to-be-announced flagship, it’ll be business as usual (before the pandemic started).
Following image leaks, based on CAD specifications sent out to accessory manufacturers, a report from The Elec has detailed possible changes to Samsung’s chipset policy. Historically, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon was reserved for the American market and everyone else got Samsung’s own Exynos. That’s changed in recent years but a return might be in the offing. Sort of.
Chipping in for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
Initially, it was thought that Samsung would bring the Exynos 2400, its current high-end chip, back to other regions. South Africa would be one of those regions. We were all spoiled by Snapdragon support across the board following issues with the Exynos that Samsung still isn’t really talking about. That party may be over unless you’re willing to spend a bit more money than usual.
The Korean report reckons that nothing will change for the American region. No matter which model of the upcoming S24 you choose, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be stuffed behind the OLED display. Other regions will have the Exynos 2400 for the S24 and the S24 Plus. What’s unusual is that the Galaxy S24 Ultra could retain the Snapdragon chipset for all markets, assuming the report is on the money.
This makes a sort of sense, based on reports that Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 2400 isn’t doing as well as it should. If a third-party chip outperforms it, it’s a sensible decision to use that chip for your most high-performance phone. Apple’s recent change to its chipset policy has proved that users will still buy a cheaper high-end product even if it doesn’t have the very best hardware. The South Korean company could be counting on this working in its favour when the Galaxy S24 Ultra and the rest of the lineup are announced early next year.