Samsung will release the Galaxy S23 series of smartphones in the first week of February 2023. Unlike the previous practice, all models in the series will use the same chipset globally. It seems Qualcomm has non-officially confirmed this.
No Exynos Chip This Time
During Qualcomm’s latest earnings call, Qualcomm Chief Financial Officer Akash Palkhiwala said that the second quarter of the next year should be strong in terms of expectations. We guess he meant that there would be many new phones that would show strong sales. The Samsung Galaxy S23 should be among them because it’s scheduled to hit the market in February. He also confirmed that Qualcomm had moved from a 75% (chipset) share of the Galaxy S22 series to a global share – meaning Qualcomm’s chipsets will be available on all models of the Galaxy S23 series.
So from a March quarter perspective, you’re right, the benefit from the Samsung launch of the new phone would be in the in kind of the second half of the March quarter. So it comes in towards the end of the quarter, but that will be an advantage, whereas our share from 75% in G S22 goes up to global share in G S23.
Three phones in the Samsung Galaxy S23 series (S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra) appeared on the Geekbench website. From the leak, we learned that they all sport the yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip.
Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon confirmed a multi-year partnership with Samsung that will bring Snapdragon chips to all high-end Samsung Galaxy phones worldwide.
In handsets, we entered into a new multiyear agreement with Samsung, expanding the use of Snapdragon platforms for future premium Samsung Galaxy products globally.
In July this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that thanks to Qualcomm’s next-generation flagship 5G chip SM8550 (Snapdragon 8 Gen 2) using TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing, Qualcomm is likely to become the sole processor supplier of Samsung Galaxy S23 (S22 shipment ratio is 70%). Now, we see that his predictions turn into reality.
In some markets, there were rumors that Samsung would use the Exynos 2300 processor in the Galaxy S23 series. However, most markets worldwide will get the version equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.
Other News Concerning Samsung Galaxy S23
Today, from a Chinese tipster, we learned that the Samsung Galaxy S23 series would come in a “light” mode. The biggest difference from the power saving mode is that when this mode is enabled, the device will not reduce the screen refresh rate. As you know, the latter is done to improve battery life at the expense of moderate performance. So it turns out Samsung will reach the same results without affecting the overall performance.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 series will get a "Light (Low Power) mode," which can moderately reduce performance while greatly reducing power consumption without affecting refresh rates. pic.twitter.com/4GMmTMhRV1
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The Samsung Galaxy S23 series will be released at the Galaxy Unpack 2023 event in San Francisco, California, USA, in the first week of February next year. Though this is 3 to 4 weeks earlier than the previous years, it’s still far from Xiaomi’s event, which should be held later this month. The new series will go on sale on February 17, 2023.
In its third-quarter 2022 earnings conference call, Samsung said that the company is working to increase its share of high-end smartphones to improve profitability.
Market research firm Strategy Analytics predicts that this year’s smartphone market shipments will decrease by 9-10% compared with the previous year. Due to the impact of the economic downturn, price increases, and the epidemic, consumers’ pockets are getting thinner and thinner. In some countries’ online markets, Samsung has ceded the top spot to mid-to-low-end brands.