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The Galaxy S23 is only powered by Snapdragon with Samsung Exynos 5G modem issues

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While the breakdown of the The Galaxy S22 series processors went from about 70% for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line to 30% for Samsung’s Exynos brand, the Galaxy S23 will be powered exclusively by Snapdragon, famous analyst reveals Ming Chi Kuo’

That’s the second time we’ve heard that Samsung is going all for Snapdragon, after a Korean publication tipped in the spring that Samsung will not use Exynos for both the S23 and the next S24 series.

However, Kuo reveals that the reasoning behind this change of heart is far from stifle or thermal management issues of the upcoming Exynos 2300 chip that should go into the S23, but rather Qualcomm’s superior 5G modem integrated with the upcoming SM8550 (probably Snapdragon 8 Gen 2) chipset that cannot be replicated by anyone at the moment.

All Galaxy S23 models may ship with Snapdragon X70 5G modem

At the MWC 2022 expo, Qualcomm announced the next generation of its award-winning 5G modem technology, the Snapdragon X70. Built on TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing method, the Snapdragon X70 will be present in the 2023 Galaxy S23 and other flagships, but it will be sampled for customers in the second half of the year, and phones with next-generation 5G connectivity will be available. available to the market by the end of the year.

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. Qualcomm says this is the world’s first 5G AI processor in a modem RF system. Here’s what the new X70 AI module does, according to Qualcomm:

  • Snapdragon X70 Unleashes Advanced Capabilities Like Qualcomm 5G AI Suite, Qualcomm 5G Ultra-Low Latency Suite, Qualcomm 5G PowerSave Gen 3 and 4X
  • sub-6 carrier aggregation to achieve unparalleled 5G performance.
  • Harnessing the power of AI to enable breakthrough 5G speeds, coverage, low latency and energy efficiency to power the 5G Connected Intelligent Edge
  • The world’s only comprehensive 5G modem RF system family capable of supporting any commercial 5G band from 600 MHz to 41 GHz, providing OEMs with flexibility for
  • designing devices capable of supporting the global demands of operators
  • Unparalleled global band support and spectrum aggregation capabilities, including the world’s first 4X downlink carrier aggregation across TDD and FDD, mmWave sub-6 aggregation
  • Standalone mmWave support to enable MNOs and service providers to deploy services such as wired wireless access and enterprise 5G, without the need for sub-6 GHz spectrum
  • Unmatched uplink performance and flexibility with uplink carrier aggregation and switched uplink support for TDD and FDD
  • True global 5G multi-SIM including Dual-SIM Dual-Active (DSDA) and mmWave support
  • Upgradable architecture that enables rapid commercialization of 5G Release 16 features through software updates
Apple is trying to develop its own 5G modem chip, but has come across Qualcomm’s series of insurmountable patents surrounding the technology, for example. Samsung, says Mr. Kuo, cannot technologically match the upcoming flagship 5G modem in the SM8550 chip made by TSMC on its frugal 4nm method, both in performance and energy efficiency.
This is why it may eventually decide to just go with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, or whatever Qualcomm calls it, and continue to iron out the kinks of its own 5G chipset. The big winner here is, of course, Qualcomm, which will sell many millions of high-end Snapdragon SoCs than it would have been if Samsung threw Exynos 2300 into the mix.

Qualcomm/SM8550 will gain more market share in the high-end Android market in 2023. The economic recession affects the high-end market less, so the market share gain will significantly benefit Qualcomm and TSMC,” tips Ming Chi-Kuo and all we have to do now is wait and see what the future holds for Samsung’s Exynos.

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