We’ve been hearing for a while now that Samsung will reportedly use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset globally in the Galaxy S23 line, which was already good news for reasons we’ll discuss below. But now it seems that the company is taking it a step further and equipping these phones with an exclusive, even more powerful variant of the chipset.
That’s according to @UniverseIce (opens in new tab) – a leaker with a solid track record – who did some digging and found several pieces of evidence to support this claim.
First she posted a screenshot (opens in new tab) from a benchmark for the Samsung Galaxy S23, clocking up to 3.36GHz – which is higher than the 3.2GHz speeds the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 typically offers. Next one, they claimed (opens in new tab) that multiple different model numbers exist for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Finally, they claimed to have “confirmed” that the Samsung Galaxy S23 will use a high-frequency version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that is exclusive to Samsung.
breaking! The best moment for European users has arrived. The European version of the Samsung Galaxy S23 series has been confirmed to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen2, and it is a high-frequency version exclusive to Samsung. Enjoy it. pic.twitter.com/w6DqCdH30bNovember 16, 2022
Interestingly, they say that this chip will be used in the European version of the Samsung Galaxy S23 line, so it is not clear whether the same supercharged chipset will be used in the rest of the world or not.
But in Europe, the Galaxy S23 and its siblings could at least be the most powerful Android phones in the world – although we’d take this claim with a grain of salt for now.
Analysis: Making the best chipset better
If the Samsung Galaxy S23 line really has exclusive access to a better version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, then it’s unlikely that any other 2023 Android phone can match these handsets. Typically, the best Snapdragon chipset of any given year is the best chipset available for Android phones, and there are no signs that 2023 will be any different.
That’s why it’s good news that Samsung will reportedly offer Snapdragon chipsets globally, rather than shipping the phones with its own Exynos chipsets in some regions as it has done in the past – and if it does offer an even better version of that chipset that’s even better news.
Hopefully that better version will be offered globally, but if it’s limited to Europe then perhaps that would be appropriate as Europe has historically been one of the regions flooded with inferior Exynos chipsets.
Of course, this will all be bad news for the other manufacturers launching new phones in 2023, as Samsung already outsells other Android handset manufacturers, and its devices are a fixture in our ranking of the best phones. lead.