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Samsung still can’t decide on a Galaxy S23 with Exynos processor

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Despite multiple rumors to the contrary, including confirmation by Qualcomm himself, a leaker obsessed with Samsung’s internal deliberations – Ice Universe – claims its executives are stuck in a decision battle whether to continue using Exynos chipsets in flagship Samsung phones.
The reason why Samsung MX – the telephone division – decided to Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series, an exclusive Snapdragon processor, is not a limitation or thermal management of the final Exynos 2300 chip, but rather Qualcomm’s superior 5G modem that currently cannot be replicated by anyone.

Snapdragon’s 5G modem reigns supreme

Apple tried and failed and as a result, iPhone 14 series comes with Qualcomm’s X65 5G modem, a version Samsung uses for the Galaxy S22 models are also sold in the US.

Finally, we heard that Samsung also couldn’t match the upcoming flagship Qualcomm X70 5G modem in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 made by TSMC on its frugal 4nm method, both in terms of performance and energy efficiency. According to Qualcomm, the X70 has the following rich feature list:

  • Qualcomm 5G AI Suite, Qualcomm 5G Ultra-Low Latency Suite, Qualcomm 5G PowerSave Gen 3 and 4X sub-6 carrier aggregation.
  • Breakthrough 5G speeds, coverage, low latency and energy efficiency.
  • 5G modem RF system family supporting any commercial 5G band from 600MHz to 41GHz.
  • The world’s first 4X downlink carrier aggregation over TDD and FDD, mmWave sub-6 aggregation.
  • Standalone mmWave support.
  • Uplink carrier aggregation and switched uplink support for TDD and FDD.
  • Global 5G multi-SIM including Dual-SIM Dual-Active (DSDA) and mmWave support.
  • Rapid commercialization of 5G Release 16 features through software updates.

Rather than increase Gigabit download speeds as with the previous generation Snapdragon X65, X60, X55, and X50, Qualcomm decided to stick with the 10 Gigabit modem rating currently in phones like the Galaxy S22 series, and instead focus on equipping the new modem with additional features and AI capabilities.

Now, how an eventual new Exynos modem would fare against Qualcomm’s 5G juggernaut remains to be seen, but it seems the Snapdragon switcheroo is still on the move at Samsung.

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