Last year was difficult for Samsung Foundry. Not only a the partnership with AMD was unsuccessful, but the proprietary Exynos 2200 chip that powered the Galaxy S22 in some markets also had to be throttled to avoid overheating issues, prompting an apology from Samsung CEO JH Han. This year The Galaxy S23 lineup will be powered exclusively by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and contrary to what previous rumors had said, it won’t be manufactured by Samsung either.
Samsung doesn’t just design chips, it also manufactures them, and lately it hasn’t been doing a good job either. So while it was a relief to learn that all markets would be getting Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S23 phones this year, there were concerns that the chip might be held back by Samsung.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was made by Samsung and it had thermal issues. Its boosted version, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 had none of the Gen 1 issues, likely because it was made by TSMC.
Leaker RGcloudS, which is relatively new to the scene and suggested in November that the Galaxy S23 chip would be made by Samsung, backed off the tweet and say now
that the chip will be produced by TSMC.
Tipster claims Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform for Galaxy will be manufactured by TSMC
Benchmark results indicate that the Galaxy S23 will be much faster than the S22 and its GPU performance could be better than iPhone 14 Pro. Android phones have traditionally trailed iPhones in benchmarks, but Qualcomm has started closing the gap and a custom Galaxy S23 chip could close the gap even further.
We’ll find out more on February 1, when Samsung will officially unveil the Galaxy S23 series. Registrations are already open and earn you free credit to use for your purchases.
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