We’re less than two months away from the Galaxy S23 launch event, with a recent leak claiming Samsung will unveil the new Galaxy S23 series on February 1st. After this year’s Galaxy S22 performance issues that hurt the phone and Samsung’s reputation, there’s a new reason to be excited about the next-gen handsets. All Galaxy S23 models will run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which is great news.
Moreover, rumors a few weeks ago indicated that the Ultra might sport an exclusive variant of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, clocked higher than the chip versions that will be available to other Android vendors. A new leak indicates the base Galaxy S23 model will get the same exclusive System-on-Chip (SoC) variant. But the benchmarks aren’t nearly as good as the S23 Ultra, signaling a potential issue.
Prominent Samsung leaker Ice Universe found evidence a few weeks ago that the Galaxy S23 series will feature an overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC variant. Separately, other leaks for the chip powering the Vivo X90 Pro+ showed the new Qualcomm silicon will put up a great fight against the iPhone 14 Pro’s A16 Bionic.
Fast-forward to December, and SamMobile discovered a new Geekbench listing that shows scores for the base model. The mid-November result indicated that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will clock at a top of 3.36GHz for the fastest chip core. Comparatively, the regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip runs at a top speed of 3.19GHz.
The new Galaxy S23 benchmark test reveals the same 3.36GH frequency for the fastest CPU core. Moreover, the GPU is also overclocked, running at 719MHz instead of the 680MHz speed the chip should get.
Geekbench 5 benchmark scores: Unreleased Galaxy S23 Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max A16 Bionic. Image source: Geekbench However, the Galaxy S23 running on this overclocked chip only scored 1188 and 3099 in single-core and multicore tests. That’s well below the 1504 and 4580 scores of the Ultra from mid-November. And it’s a surprise, considering that both devices feature the same overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip.
One explanation is that we’re looking at a Galaxy 23 variant running beta software. Benchmarks usually improve on commercial units.
But there’s another scenario to consider. The base Galaxy S23 model might not have great cooling. In such a case, performance throttling is to be expected. That’s what happened with the Galaxy S22 this year, and the Exynos 2200 variants suffered greatly.
Overclocking the chip but not improving the phone’s cooling wouldn’t be ideal. It’s also the kind of decision that will surface once people start taking the new handsets apart.
Separately, Samsung has committed to not cutting costs on its 2023 flagships, which should include the Galaxy S23 series. But just as that report came along, Ice Universe warned that the Galaxy S23 might not feature cooling systems that work as well as other Android handsets.
This is all speculation and conjecture at this point. We’re talking about early benchmarks for a flagship that won’t launch until February 1st.
We should not lose sight of the fact that Samsung is doing the right thing by going for Snapdragon-only chips in the Galaxy S23 series. Or that it negotiated an exclusive variant of the new flagship SoC. And, hopefully, the Galaxy S23 won’t have the same performance issues as the Galaxy S22.
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Qualcomm confirmed the Galaxy S23 series would run on its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor even before launching the new System-on-Chip (SoC). The processor is now official, as Qualcomm unveiled the next-gen flagship SoC that will power future Android devices this week.
While we’ll have to wait until next year for the Galaxy S23, an exciting rumor is already swirling. An insider claims that not only will every Galaxy S23 model have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, but Samsung might receive an exclusive version of the chip for the S23.
Well-known Samsung leaker Ice Universe said on Twitter that the Galaxy S23 series might have a different Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip than flagships from other Android vendors.
The move wouldn’t necessarily be surprising. After all, Qualcomm and Samsung inked a massive chip deal a few months ago after the Galaxy S22 chip disappointment. Samsung’s Exynos 2200 turned out to be a colossal failure that forced Samsung to change its chip strategy.
But Ice Universe looked at early benchmark results for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. He discovered that Samsung’s Galaxy S23 chip might run at a higher frequency than other Gen 2 SoCs.
Furthermore, he found different model numbers for the same chip. This indicates that Qualcomm might be making several Gen 2 variants that would meet the needs of various clients.
Finally, the leaker said it’s confirmed that the Galaxy S23 will feature an exclusive Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor next year, posting another Geekbench score.
Like Korean Samsung Galaxy S-series buyers, Europeans always used to get the Exynos-powered version of the latest flagship. It’s what happened with the Galaxy S22 series this year. The Exynos 2200 throttling problems were discovered in Korea but also impacted buyers in the EU.
It doesn’t matter if Samsung gets a custom Gen 2 chip inside the Galaxy S23. All the new Snapdragon 8 has to do is offer performance, efficiency, and stability that’s slightly better than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus that powers Samsung’s 2022 foldables to be a winner.
The Samsung insider also noted that his Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 specs leak was accurate. But you don’t need leaks any longer to understand what the next-gen flagship SoC can bring to mobile phones. We’ve covered Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 launch at this link.
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One of the most exciting Galaxy Z Fold 4 rumors to date concerns the foldable’s specs. More specifically, the phone’s System-on-Chip (SoC). The Fold 4 and Flip 4 will feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC rather than the regular 8 Gen 1 or the Exynos 2200. And the Fold 4 should deliver tremendous performance gains thanks to that. That’s good news for anyone worried about the chips that powered the Galaxy S22 series.
Rumors about chip choices for Android flagships coming out in the second half of the year shouldn’t be that exciting. In most years, the Android flagships launching in the second half would feature the same SoC as the phones that were released in the previous six months.
But the Galaxy S22 performance scandal hurt Samsung earlier this year, leading to speculations that Samsung would abandon the Exynos 2200 in favor of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon.
Galaxy S22 throttling scandal
In some years, Qualcomm releases improved variants of the SoCs that power Android flagships released in the first half of the year. 2022 is one such year, with Qualcomm delivering the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 to replace the regular 8 Gen 1 model.
That was even better news for Samsung fans looking to buy the Fold 4 or Flip 4. And rumors said all 2022 foldables will feature the newest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 variant. Even early benchmarks leaked, suggesting the new processor will be faster than the previous variant. Reports also claimed the new chip will not overheat as much.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. Image source: Qualcomm The Galaxy S22 throttling issue came from Samsung’s desire to prevent overheating and battery life issues on the handset. The software reduced the chip’s peak performance, except for benchmark apps, where Samsung was caught cheating. It’s the Exynos 2200 variant of the Galaxy S22 phones that suffered from throttling the most, not the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 model.
Still, there’s another reason to cheer for the 8 Plus Gen 1. Qualcomm moved production from Samsung to TSMC for the new SoC.
Galaxy Z Fold 4’s Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 performance leaked
Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 next Wednesday. The phones will hit stores a few weeks later. Once that happens, users will be able to judge for themselves the performance of the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. And we’ll see plenty of reports detailing the phones’ performance and throttling.
But we have a new rumor to look at until then, which teases massive performance gains for the two handsets.
The Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 CPU will be 15% faster when it comes to CPU performance, according to the tweet above. We assume the speed difference concerns last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3. But the leaker doesn’t specify the other device/SoC in the comparison. Should the speed gains concern the Galaxy S22, then the Fold 4’s performance would be even more impressive.
The leaker also says that the GPU will deliver a tremendous jump, rising by nearly 60%. The NPU would also be 68% faster than the reference model. Again, we’re assuming it’s the Fold 3. That’s the only way to present these performance gains.
The leaker addressed other Galaxy Fold 4 features, not just the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 performance. The foldable phone will feature a 4,400 mAh battery that supports 25W charging. That’s enough for the phone to reach a 50% charge in half an hour.
Finally, the Fold 4 will feature a 120Hz display with 1,000 nits brightness and Victus+ protection on the front and back.
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SDC19 is just over a month away, and we’re excited to announce more speakers and sessions. Join us and experience keynotes featuring renowned innovators like Vitalik Buterin, exciting sessions on new Samsung tools, and hands-on time with some of the latest tech.
Hear From Blockchain Pioneer Vitalik Buterin
Learn from one of the brightest minds in cryptocurrency and blockchain at SDC19. Ethereum creator and co-founder Vitalik Buterin will take the stage at our Spotlight Session and share how he created one of the most valuable blockchain platforms and what he’s working on as the leader of Ethereum’s research team. Don’t miss your chance to hear his story firsthand!
Explore the Efficiency of NNStreamer
NNStreamer allows on-device AI developers to easily implement applications and services with multiple neural networks, sensors, and preprocessors. It has high-bandwidth, a low-cost pipeline, complex topology, easy synchronization, and parallelism with multiple networks. During this tech session, learn about NNStreamer topics that range from extensibility and compatibility to sensor support and prototyping.
Learn About Air Actions
Air Actions are changing the app development game. The updated S Pen SDK lets devs enable Bluetooth LE-based gesture control with motion tracking, and it understands gestures and controls your device in brand new ways. This tech session will teach you how to integrate Air Actions into your app with Samsung’s open API.
Dive Into TizenRT: A Reliable IoT Platform
Since 2016, TizenRT has been constantly evolving. This session covers the platform’s most recent advancements to increase its IoT reliability. TizenRT now isolates applications, detects faults in each application, prevents those faults from spreading, and performs a restart or upgrade of the faulted application — all without disturbing other running applications. Devs who attend this session should know basic real-time operating system features.
Analyze Samsung 5G and 6G Technology
Explore the evolution of the 5G standard and services, and the vision for 6G. Samsung is one of the most influential companies in 5G standardization and commercialization. This tech session will introduce Samsung 5G tech and standard leadership. It will also cover the potential shape of the next wireless generation — 6G — and provide a comprehensive overview of the market and industry prospects over the next decade, and Samsung’s corresponding vision.
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Samsung Developer Conference is coming up fast! From October 29 – 30, the industry’s top tech leaders will cover topics from AI to IoT to blockchain. We just announced the first wave of sessions! Check out some highlights below:
Secure Your Decentralized App with Samsung Blockchain Keystore
Samsung Blockchain Keystore on the Galaxy S10 addresses the vulnerabilities of using blockchain tech on your phone. During this session, learn about blockchain from the most innovative industry thinkers, and dive into Samsung Blockchain Keystore’s overall architecture and security features.
Haven’t used the Blockchain Keystore SDK before? No problem. This session walks you through how to integrate it into your app.
Explore Progressive Web Apps and the Evolution of the Web
Building and distributing apps using web tech just got easier. Progressive Web Apps (PWA) leverage new capabilities to better integrate your app into the OS. Learn about new features and tools during this in-depth session, and hear from Samsung experts and partners about how PWA can benefit from WebAPK, OneUI CSS, and more.
Optimize Your Mobile Game with Vulkan
During this session, hear from the Galaxy GameDev team as they share tips and tricks about Vulkan optimization. Plus, explore case studies and best practices from past and present game partner collaborations.
Dive Into Knox Partner Program and Knox Dev Tools
Learn about the Knox Partner Program and how Samsung’s mobile enterprise partner program supports partners and devs with the right resources and B2B dev tools such as EMM, Mobile Threat Detection, Remote Control, and Secure Voice.
Discover the Next Phase of IoT Engagement and Growth
There are lots of exciting things in store for the SmartThings IoT business platform. Explore future services and offerings, and find out how to join the SmartThings community. This session presents improvements made to the IoT environment to improve business growth for partners and devs.
These are just five sessions of many. Check out the rest on the SDC19 website and stay tuned for more coming soon! In the meantime, register today and save $150 with early bird pricing.
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