As wonderful as a Snapdragon–only Galaxy S22 might sound to European and Korean users, such an outcome certainly isn’t surefire. Samsung’s strategy to use Exynos chips in the old continent and the homeland while equipping units sold in the rest of the world with the Snapdragon counterpart has been ongoing since forever.
Samsung’s Exynos 2200 flagship SoC has been delayed. The ARM processor with integrated AMD RDNA2 graphics was supposed to debut earlier this week, according to Samsung. This did not occur. In fact, a circulating rumour indicated that Samsung may be obliged to release the Galaxy S22 series of phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU in all parts of the world in the coming hours. This is puzzling, because just two days prior, the same Twitter source declared “there are no difficulties with the Exynos 2200 processor.” “Copies of the Exynos 2200 (Galaxy S22) were cancelled,” he now alleges.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Exynos 2200: A surprising win for Samsung or a double failure for Android? Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra delay: Android and Samsung users, the wait might be worth it! While Exynos and Snapdragon processors are somewhat comparable when it comes to design and benchmarks, it’s been proven over the years that Qualcomm’s SoCs often outperforms Samsung’s Exynos equivalent when it comes to: If we assume the Exynos 2200 will indeed happen, we can hope that the new AMD graphics with support for ray tracing (mainly useful for games) will elevate Samsung’s in-house chip to new heights, while being able to at least keep up with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in terms of the categories listed above.
And yesterday, Samsung seemingly killed the hopes for a Snapdragon-only S22 by announcing that it’s planning to unveil the new Exynos 2200 at the same event as the Galaxy S22 series, denying claims for “problems with the production and performance”. The report comes from Business Korea. Still, this doesn’t exactly sound like “we’ll launch a Galaxy S22 with an Exynos chipset right away”, so there’s a possibility that the Exynos and AMD version of the Galaxy S22 might simply arrive a bit later.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is a new chip, and like every new piece of hardware, it takes some trial and error to make it work as it’s meant to. Furthermore, as you can imagine, the rat race in the Android world is real, and manufacturers are constantly trying to one-up each other, or even worse – be “first”. Well, this year is no different. It turns out 2022 is not Xiaomi’s or Samsung’s turn to be first, but Motorola’s. However, rushing to release a smartphone comes with a bunch of side effects.
Actually, the reason why European, South Korean, and really all Samsung fans out there should be happy is because the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra delay might just help Samsung get enough time to optimize the devices before starting to ship them. If they do, of course.