There were rumors that Samsung would use both the Exynos 2300 and the next Snapdragon processor in the Galaxy S23 series, but this may no longer be the case. When the Samsung Galaxy S23 series flagship smartphones are announced in January 2023, they will follow the company's usual release schedule.
However, Samsung's mainstream flagship smartphones may use a different chipset this year, which is expected to be a major change. Ming-Chi Kuo, an industry analyst, has speculated the Galaxy S23 series will use Snapdragon's upcoming flagship chipset entirely - rather than split between its own, in-house Exynos chips and Snapdragon.
Based on Kuo's report, Samsung is reportedly concerned about the performance and connectivity shortcomings of its upcoming Exynos 2300 chipset. Consequently, Samsung has reportedly determined that it cannot compete with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip on all counts.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) using its 4nm fabrication process. While the Snapdragon 8 Generation 2 chip is optimized for the TSMC 4nm process, the Exynos 2300 chip - which is expected to use a 4nm standard similar to the Snapdragon 8 Generation 2 chip - is not.
Due to this, Samsung may finally ditch its own Exynos flagship chip for sale in specific markets around the world with the Galaxy S23 series, switching completely to Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Samsung's Exynos chipsets power previous versions of the Galaxy S in India, while Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets power Galaxy S flagships in countries such as the US.
Samsung may be using the same chipset for its flagship phones for the first time if Kuo's estimate is accurate. Exynos chips have been questioned many times about whether they offer the same performance, heat management, and efficiency levels as Samsung's Exynos chips, but Samsung seems determined to avoid such issues.
Samsung could have pulled the plug on the Exynos 2300 quite recently, as industry rumors claim it was in development until at least May this year.
Furthermore, the Korean electronics company announced the world's first 3nm GAAFET fabrication process for its upcoming chipsets, but it won't be able to scale in production for mobile phones until at least the end of the year.
In the meantime, Samsung might use the S23 series' 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the future and introduce a new 3nm chip later in 2023.
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