Samsung and Qualcomm have just entered into a multi-year strategic partnership that will allow the Korean giant to strengthen its use of Snapdragon processors, notably for the Galaxy S23, but Samsung will not completely abandon its Exynos chips.
During a Q&A with analysts after his quarterly financial results press conference, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon, announced to have renewed the agreement to supply chips to Samsung. Samsung already uses Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in its Galaxy S22 series, except in Europe and other markets, and is expected to use Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4.
Qualcomm’s partnership with Samsung expands beyond Galaxy smartphones to include Galaxy Books, Windows PCs, Galaxy Tablets, future Extended Reality devices and other devices said Amon. The two companies have extended their patent license agreement until 2030, which covers 3G, 4G, 5G and 6G devices in a few years. However, this news is a clue that suggests that Qualcomm could be the sole chip supplier for future high-end devices of the Korean giant.
The Galaxy S23 would finally skip Exynos SoCs for Qualcomm Snapdragon chips
In recent years, many Samsung fans have repeatedly asked the company to only use Qualcomm chips for its flagship smartphones. Its Exynos efforts have remained unable to outperform rivals Snapdragon, despite partnering last year with AMD on the Exynos 2200 for the GPU part.
The CEO hinted that this proportion will increase next year, supporting analysts’ previous claim that the Galaxy S23 series will exclusively use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. We were 75% on the Galaxy S22 before the deal. You should think we’re going to be much better than this on the Galaxy S23 and beyond said Amon. Qualcomm’s press release on this deal also states that Snapdragon chips will power ” more high-end Samsung devices worldwide “. He also added that Qualcomm will power Samsung devices worldwide.
These comments suggest that we won’t see the Exynos 2300 materialize this year. This is therefore excellent news for users in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and even Southeast Asia, who until now have had to make do with Exynos chips that are often less efficient.
We should therefore find on the Galaxy S23 a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which Qualcomm will officially present in November. From what we know, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will emphasize GPU performance, without forgetting to improve photo and CPU performance. The chip would above all be much more energy efficient, and therefore above all less prone to overheating. It is also expected that the autonomy of high-end devices that will use it is greatly improved.
Samsung does not intend to abandon its Exynos chips for all that
The move to Qualcomm chips doesn’t mean the Korean company doesn’t have a plan up its sleeve. Earlier, TM Roh, the head of Samsung’s mobile division, talked about the development of an Exynos chip ” unique but did not provide a launch schedule for it.
Indeed, Samsung quickly assured that it was not ready to abandon the Exynos chipset. ” Currently, we are revamping our system-on-chip (SoC) business model, and we are pursuing a plan to strengthen our mid- to long-term competitiveness. “, clarified TM Roh. Although the Exynos chips are less efficient than those of Qualcomm, these allow the market to be more competitivewhich brings almost only advantages.
Over the next few years, Samsung focused on improving the competitiveness of the next generation of Exynos mobile chips. According to several reports, the company is likely to want to start from scratch, and has therefore created a “Dream Team” of more than 1,000 engineers to work on a new high-end custom processor for the Galaxy S series.
It could therefore be the first chip from the manufacturer entirely designed for Galaxy S smartphones, and would compete with Apple’s SoCs in terms of performance. As a reminder, Exynos chips are not optimized for Samsung smartphonessince like the Snapdragon SoCs, they can also be used in competing devices. This homemade chip shouldn’t arrive until at least the Galaxy S25. In the meantime, we therefore imagine that the Galaxy S23 and S24 of 2024 will be based exclusively on Qualcomm chips.
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