The Samsung Galaxy S23 could be the most powerful phone you can buy when it hits the market early next year.
This comes from a leak on 91mobiles.com (opens in new tab) that suggests Samsung’s next mainstream flagship (read: flat phone) will use the yet-unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 chipset. The current King of Smartphone chips, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 only recently started shipping on flagship phones, including the new ones OnePlus 10T.
Qualcomm is expected to announce its next-generation smartphone chipset later this year, but an announcement in November or December wouldn’t give manufacturers time to get the chip in phones before the December sales season. The Samsung Galaxy S23 is likely to be announced in February 2023, if the history of the Galaxy S phone’s launch is any guide. This timing would be perfect to offer the new industry-leading chip.
Samsung may deserve to be rewarded with the status of being the first to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen2. Recent news suggests that Samsung is completely surrendering the next few generations of Galaxy S phones to Qualcomm’s chips, rather than using its own Samsung Exynos chipset in a small portion of global shipping.
It’s likely that every Galaxy S23 sold worldwide will feature the same chip, giving Qualcomm a huge win if that chip is the Snapdragon 8 Gen2.
The leaker, the anonymous “Ice Universe” with a solid reputation for accuracy, also claims that the Galaxy S23 will have a battery of 5000 mAh. That would be nice if such a large battery ends up in the smallest Galaxy S23, but we’re waiting for a verdict until we’re sure. The current Galaxy S22 Ultra uses a 5000 mAh battery, while the smaller Galaxy S22 uses a medium 3700 mAh cell.
Analysis: Samsung plays to win
Not every phone manufacturer tries to launch a superlative device, the fastest or longest lasting or best. Google calls its own Pixel (opens in new tab) “the smartest and fastest Pixel yet” on its own sales site. Samsung is not satisfied with beating itself, Samsung wants to beat everyone.
To do that, it has to find the best parts. It has to have the best screen (check), the best cameras (check?), and the best chipset in it. That means for a few years now which Snapdragon chipset Qualcomm has recently launched. No matter which phones launch during the holiday season with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chips, Samsung is ready to take the lead when the new year comes.