For the first time in history, Samsung will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset in all its Galaxy S series smartphones (Galaxy S23) sold worldwide. And this change comes after years of disappointments with its in-house Exynos processors. However, Samsung isn’t using the same Snapdragon chip everyone else uses. The South Korean firm will use a higher-clocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the Galaxy S23, and this won’t be the last time it does that.
It is rumored that Samsung will continue to use special versions of Snapdragon chipsets in its high-end smartphones in the future. The chipset inside the Galaxy S23 is reportedly called ‘Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform For Galaxy,’ and the company will also use the Snapdragon For Galaxy series chipset in the Galaxy S24 series. Tipster Yogesh Brar claims that Samsung will continue to use Snapdragon For Galaxy processors until Samsung’s in-house chipsets are good enough to be as good as their Snapdragon counterparts.
If you don’t know already, Samsung’s Exynos chipsets (designed by Samsung’s System LSI division) haven’t been good enough over the past few years. They have always performed worse than competing Snapdragon chipsets and had issues under sustained workloads and cellular performance, resulting in poorer battery life. So, Samsung’s smartphone division (Samsung MX) created its own team of engineers to design processors tailor-made for high-end Galaxy smartphones. The first chip from the new unit will reportedly debut with the Galaxy S25 in 2025.
Until that chipset is ready, the South Korean firm might use higher-clocked versions of flagship Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm. This could mean Galaxy buyers won’t complain about their smartphones’ performance and battery life. And when Samsung finally brings back its in-house chipset, it should be better than the competing Snapdragon processor to justify its existence. Qualcomm will then move over to other Android OEMs once its deal with Samsung ends.
If you are excited about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-equipped Galaxy S23, you can pre-reserve it today and get up to $100 Samsung Store credit. The company will announce additional pre-order benefits after the Galaxy S23’s launch event.