Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra to launch without Exynos variant as Qualcomm teases 'next level' announcement
@UniverseIce has highlighted an intriguing hint about what is to come with the Galaxy S23 series, courtesy of Qualcomm's Chief Financial Officer. Speaking during Qualcomm's Q4 2022 earnings call, Akash Palkhiwala highlighted that the chip supplier should benefit from the Galaxy S23's launch 'in kind of the second half of the March quarter'. Hence, Samsung should start shipping Galaxy S23 units by the middle of March, which tallies with a rumoured release date that surfaced yesterday.
Additionally, Palkhiwala claims that Qualcomm had 75% market share in the Galaxy S22 series. For reference, Qualcomm supplied the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 for the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and the Galaxy S22 Ultra for Samsung to sell in Africa, China, North America, South Korea and most of Asia. Conversely, the Exynos 2200 features in European versions of the Galaxy S22 series. Incidentally, we have directly compared the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Exynos 2200 via two Galaxy S22 Ultra units.
Surprisingly, Palkhiwala also explained that Qualcomm will reach 'global share' in the Galaxy S23 series. In other words, Qualcomm expects to supply chipsets for all Galaxy S23 models. As such, European consumers should receive Snapdragon-powered versions of Galaxy S smartphones for the first time, with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 set to serve all markets. Moreover, Palkhiwala has all but confirmed that Samsung has not created a direct successor to the Exynos 2200. Currently, it remains to be seen what happens to AMD and Samsung's Exynos collaboration, which has only born the Exynos 2200 to date.
As we have discussed separately, Qualcomm will host its annual Snapdragon Summit between November 15 and November 17 this year. While Qualcomm has not confirmed what products it will unveil, it has hinted at the scale of the announcements at this year's summit. Writing on Twitter, Qualcomm teased that it plans to take the 'surprise and innovation' of last year 'to the next level'. Undoubtedly, the company is referring to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which has been shown to outperform the A16 Bionic in some benchmarks.