The Samsung Galaxy S23 series could see Snapdragon chips in more regions

The Samsung Galaxy S23 series could see Snapdragon chips in more regions

Samsung has historically used both Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and the in-house Exynos chips in its flagship phones over the years. That’s also true of the company’s Galaxy S22 series powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip in markets like the US, while many of the devices destined for other markets like Europe got the Exynos 2200. India got a Snapdragon chip in Samsung Galaxy S22 series for the first time, and it looks like future Galaxy S-series flagships will carry a Snapdragon chip in more regions as the company strengthens its partnership with Qualcomm. The collaboration between the companies means broadening the use of “Snapdragon platforms for future premium Samsung Galaxy products, including smartphones, computers, tablets, augmented reality and more.”

Qualcomm’s press release to the media doesn’t specifically mention the flagship Galaxy S23 or the regions where it will carry the Snapdragon chip, but company CEO Cristiano Amon made it pretty clear during the earnings call that more regions will see Snapdragon-powered Galaxy flagships — especially the S23 and later — as a result of this multi-year agreement.

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A multi-year agreement to power more Galaxy flagships globally

Qualcomm CEO Amon shared additional information to make things more clear. Here’s a transcript of the statement shared by the Qualcomm executive while fielding some questions during the earnings call:

Michael, thanks for the question. Yes. Look, it’s — aside from the record auto and IoT revenue, the Samsung deal is probably my favorite thing of the quarter. And this is how I would describe the growth opportunity for the chipset business.

We would average over the many years of this relationship, if you remember, about 40% share compared to their internal solution with the Galaxy S22, which was before the agreement was signed. Our share climbs up to around 75%. And now we’re announcing a multi-year agreement to power Samsung Galaxy smartphones globally.

So very excited about it. It provides incredible stability for our mobile business. I can’t think of anything better to validate our strategy to focus on share of wallet in premium and high tier than this deal.

So very, very exciting. I remember — I would like to remember you all that, it’s a very good business. When I think about the silicon content of a Snapdragon 8 series, at least equal to or better than 5 modem revenue and performance of another OEM.

Now the second part of this multi-year agreement is the opportunity for growth linked to our diversification. So it expands beyond Galaxy smartphones to include Galaxy books, Windows PCs, Galaxy tablets, future augmented reality devices and other devices. So a very significant agreement, very excited and indeed the companies are much closer together.

However, Samsung is not giving up on Exynos

The fact that Samsung is splitting the shipments of its flagship devices across two different chipsets does not sit well with consumers. That’s because there’s often a clear difference in performance between the Snapdragon and the Exynos-powered variants of the same phone. We ended up testing the Galaxy S22 Ultra powered by both chipsets, just to find out Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is much better than Exynos. The new partnership between the two companies could result in the arrival of Snapdragon-powered Galaxy flagships in more regions, but it doesn’t guarantee it for all buyers in all markets.

This could mean that the company will continue to plant its in-house chips in its flagship phones in select markets. A better – perhaps a long-term plan – would be to lie low at some point and come back stronger with better control circuits. If anything, this “multi-year” partnership gives more time to invest and make meaningful improvements to its SoC. The company can also take advantage of its latest collaboration with AMD to produce more powerful mobile GPUs. The idea of ​​seeing more Qualcomm-powered Galaxy flagships is sure to make many smile, but it will be interesting to see the in-house chip make a comeback in the future with more raw power and features.


Source: Qualcomm, Transcript of income calls

Featured image: Samsung Galaxy S22

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