Looking for a distinct and more powerful chipset designed for its flagship Galaxy S series phones, a report claims Samsung will copy Apple when it comes to chipset production. Apple designs its A-series chips for the latest and greatest iPhone models and improves them every year (more on that later). The South Korean manufacturer has reportedly created a Dream Team to design a dedicated Galaxy S chipset.
According to a report by South Korea’s naver
), Samsung is so focused on designing these special chips that it won’t produce new high-end Exynos chips in 2023 and 2024. This means that the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S24 models in all markets would use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. Currently, the most recent Exynos chipset is used on the latest Galaxy S handsets every year, except in the US, Canada, Taiwan and China (where the phones are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset).
Next year’s Galaxy S23 line could be powered globally by a Snapdragon chipset
If Naver’s report is correct, all Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S24 models will be powered by Qualcomm in 2023 and 2024. There was another time when Samsung changed things and that was in 2015 when the Snapdragon 810 had an overheating problem on the Galaxy S6 line. As a result, Samsung used the Exynos 7 Octa to power the Galaxy S6 models in those countries that used to get the Qualcom-designed silicon.
As for the iPhone, Apple is reportedly going to reuse the A15 Bionic chips used in last year’s iPhone 13 series and rename them for this year’s non-professional iPhone 14 models. For example, Apple could use the A15 Bionic for these phones and call it the A16 Bionic. These chips would be made using the 4nm process node, much like the A15 Bionic.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would then presumably be powered by the newly named A16 Pro Bionic built using the 3nm process node, which allows more transistors to fit into the chip, making it more powerful and energy efficient.
The chipset being designed by Samsung will not only be designed for use on the Galaxy S line, but can also be built for the company’s foldable handsets. One problem is that Samsung Foundry currently has a low yield problem on its 3nm and 4nm chips. It was recently discovered that only 35% of chips built by Samsung using its 4nm process node passed quality control.
That compared to the much better 70% yield that TSMC has achieved for the 4nm node. The difference in revenue cost Samsung Foundry some business from Qualcomm that went to TSMC instead.
Samsung’s goal is to launch an extremely powerful chip for the Galaxy S25 by 2025 that can be updated every year for the next Galaxy S phones. The chip would also work with the Galaxy Z (foldable) handsets.