Although it has stopped using its own Exynos lineup, Samsung isn’t giving up on its exclusivity strategy for the chipset equipped on the Galaxy S23, developing a performance-optimized Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 version with partner Qualcomm.
Mentioned in spec flyers leaked online ahead of the scheduled February 1 launch, the chipset version shipping exclusively on Galaxy S23 phones is called Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy and comes with higher operating frequencies than we see in competing products. We could say that the aforementioned chipset version is the equivalent of the SD8 Gen 2 Plus, not anticipated for release until mid-year this year, but “pre-released” specifically for Samsung’s partner.
Identical in terms of internal architecture, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy is achieved by selecting the most successful chipset specimens directly from the manufacturing line, conveniently owned and managed by Samsung itself. Thus, the chipset version for the Galaxy S23 raises the maximum frequency reached in boost mode to 3.36GHz, compared to the 3.2GHz “ceiling” set for the chipset version shipped to other device manufacturers. Of course, this doesn’t mean that brands like Xiaomi or Oppo can’t apply their own optimizations to the cooling system and boost algorithms, catching up or perhaps even outperforming some Galaxy S23 versions. However, Samsung could retain a decisive advantage on the side of operating temperatures and battery life.
What’s certain is that Galaxy fans will no longer look with frustration at Samsung when their ordered phone ships with a different chipset than the one tested on the Review samples.