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 a new tab) which suggests that Samsung’s next mainstream flagship (read: flat phone) will use the as-yet-unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 chipset. The current king of smartphone chips, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 recently started shipping on flagship phones, including the new one OnePlus 10T.
Qualcomm is expected to announce its next-generation smartphone chipset later this year, but an announcement in November or December would not give manufacturers time to get the chip into phones for the December sales season. The Samsung Galaxy S23 is likely to be announced in February 2023, if the history of Galaxy S phone launches is any guide. This timing would be perfect to offer the new class-leading chip.
Samsung may deserve to be rewarded with the status of being the first to use Snapdragon 8 Gen2. New news suggests that Samsung is handing over the next couple of generations of Galaxy S phones entirely to Qualcomm’s chips, rather than using its own Samsung Exynos chipset in a small portion of its global shipment.
It’s likely that every Galaxy S23 sold worldwide will pack the same chip, giving Qualcomm a big 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 get a 5000 mAh battery. It would be great if such a large battery ended up in the smallest Galaxy S23, but we’ll withhold judgment until we’re sure. The current Galaxy S22 Ultra uses a 5,000 mAh battery, while the smaller Galaxy S22 uses a medium 3,700 mAh cell.
Analysis: Samsung plays to win
Not every phone manufacturer is trying to launch a superlative device, the fastest or the longest lasting or the best. Google calls its own Pixel (opens in a new tab) “the smartest and fastest Pixel yet” on its own sales page. Samsung is not satisfied with beating itself, Samsung wants to beat everyone.
To do that, it needs to find the best parts. It has to have the best screen (check), the best cameras (check?), and the best chipset inside. For a few years now, that means whatever Snapdragon chipset Qualcomm has launched recently. Whatever phones launch through the holidays with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chips, Samsung is poised to take the lead as the new year rolls around.