Only the Snapdragon will power the Galaxy S23 due to the difficulties with the Samsung Exynos 5G modem

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That’s the second time we are hearing that Samsung will go Snapdragon all the way, after a Korean publication tipped back in the spring that Samsung won’t use Exynos for both the S23 and the next S24 series. Mr. Kuo, however, reveals the reasoning behind this change of heart turns out to be far from throttling or thermal management issues of the upcoming Exynos 2300 chip that is supposed to go into the S23, but rather Qualcomm’s superior 5G modem integrated with the upcoming SM8550 (likely to be called Snapdragon 8 Gen 2) chipset that can hardly be replicated by anyone at the moment.

The Galaxy S23 will only be powered by Snapdragon, according to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The Galaxy S22 series processors were split at 70 percent for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line and 30 percent for Samsung’s Exynos brand. The S22 Ultra may be purchased for up to $1100 off if the screen is damaged and comes with $100 in Samsung credit for accessories. If you are replacing a Note 20 Ultra, you can earn $825 for your outdated device in addition to a discount of 30% on the Galaxy Tab S8 when purchased in conjunction with Samsung’s best S-line devices.

Highlights

  • Instead of upping the Gigabit download speeds as it did with the previous Snapdragon X65, X60, X55 and X50 generation, Qualcomm decided to stick with the 10 Gigabit rating of the modem that is currently in phones like the Galaxy S22 series, and instead focus on decking the new modem out with extra features and AI capabilities. Qualcomm says that this is the the world’s first 5G AI processor in a modem-RF system. Here’s what the new X70 AI module do, according to Qualcomm:

  • At the MWC 2022 expo, Qualcomm announced the next generation of its award-winning 5G modem technology, the Snapdragon X70. Built on the 4nm fabrication method of TSMC, the Snapdragon X70 will be in the Galaxy S23 and other 2023 flagships, yet it will be sampling to customers in the second half of the year, and phones with the next-gen 5G connectivity will be on the market by year’s end.

Apple is trying to develop a 5G modem chip of its own, but has run across Qualcomm’s suite of insurmountable patents around the technology, for instance. Samsung, says Mr. Kuo, can’t technologically match the upcoming flagship 5G modem in the SM8550 chip that is made by TSMC on its frugal 4nm method, both in performance, and in power efficiency. This is why it may ultimately decide to simply go with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, or whatever Qualcomm calls it, and continue ironing out the kinks of its own 5G chipset. The big winner here is, of course, Qualcomm, which will sell many millions of high-end Snapdragon SoCs than it would have if Samsung threw Exynos 2300 in the mix.

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