Much to the joy of Samsung fans, the company is finally ditching its in-house Exynos processors and equipping the Galaxy S23 series with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor globally. Moreover, it is going for a higher-clocked version of the new Qualcomm chipset. And, if you had any doubts that this special chipset will be limited to the Ultra mode, it won’t. As confirmed by a recent Geekbench entry, the entire Galaxy S23 lineup will get an overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, no matter where you buy the phone.
Shortly after Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 last month, the Galaxy S23 Ultra popped up on Geekbench featuring an overclocked version of the chipset. The vanilla Galaxy S23 has now followed its sibling.
It has the same processor, which has its single Cortex-X3 prime CPU core operating at a maximum frequency of 3.36GHz. The standard version tops up at 3.2GHz. The remaining seven CPU cores (four Cortex-A715 clocked at 2.80GHz and three Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 2.02GHz) remain unchanged.
It’s unclear if this special version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor brings more than just a faster prime CPU core. We hope Samsung has worked closely with Qualcomm for Galaxy-specific optimizations of the chipset to enable deeper integration between hardware and software.
This may make the processor more efficient and should help with overall performance. The Korean firm has had its fair share of chipset-related troubles in recent times.
That said, the Geekbench scores of the vanilla Galaxy S23 don’t look promising. The device scored 1,182 points in single-core tests and 3,099 points in multi-core tests on Geekbench 5. These scores are significantly lower than what the Galaxy S23 Ultra achieved — 1,504 and 4,580, respectively.
Hopefully, it’s due to the lack of software optimization and not Samsung having to throttle performance for thermal management and battery efficiency. It would be pretty bad if the company messes things up again.
The Galaxy S23 series is less than six weeks away
Samsung’s next-gen flagship smartphones may not be too far away. The latest rumor is that the Galaxy S23 series will go official on February 1, 2023. That’s a wait of fewer than six weeks now. In the interim, leaks and rumors about the phones should come thick and fast.
The Korean behemoth has a pretty poor track record when it comes to plugging leaks of its unannounced products. Maybe it doesn’t bother to, as it gets some free promotion. Either way, we will keep you posted with all the latest information about the Galaxy S23 trio.
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