Samsung to stick with Exynos & Snapdragon chips for Galaxy S25

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Samsung may stick to its usual dual-chip strategy for the Galaxy S25 series. While there have been rumors that the 2025 flagships might go all-Exynos, a new report suggests the company isn’t yet ready to ditch Snapdragon. The next-gen Galaxy S models will be available in both chip flavors.

Galaxy S25 to use Exynos and Snapdragion chips

Samsung has long used Exynos and Snapdragon chips in its flagship smartphones. It ships the phones with the former in most global markets, but the US, China, and a few other regions have always got the latter. The trend changed for good in 2023 when the Galaxy S23 series shipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 globally. Everyone well received this move because Exynos versions have historically underperformed.

However, Exynos returned to the Galaxy S24 this year, albeit only to the smaller two models. The Galaxy S24 Ultra uses the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 globally. Despite all the improvements from Samsung, the Galaxy S24’s Exynos 2400 struggles to go neck-on-neck with the latest Snapdragon. Ideally, fans would want the company to go back to an all-Snapdragon strategy for the Galaxy S25 series next year. But it has other plans.

The Korean behemoth is working on specialized Exynos chips for its flagships that match or potentially surpass competing Snapdragon solutions in performance. It has formed a separate team to optimize the chips for its phones from the development stage. Industry insiders suggest the first-gen solution will debut in 2025. This gave birth to rumors that the Galaxy S25 phones could ship with this custom Exynos chip globally.

However, according to DigiTimes, this may not happen. Samsung still plans to use Snapdragon chips in its 2025 flagships. Details are scarce but the Galaxy S25 Ultra will likely feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 in all markets. The other two models will get the Exynos 2500 in some regions. We shall find out in due course whether it will be the rumored “special” Exynos chip from Samsung or the standard one.

Exynos may come to Samsung’s foldables this year

You may want Samsung to stop using Exynos chips in its flagship phones but the opposite may happen. The company wants to increase the share of its in-house processors in Galaxy devices and that may see it equip the Galaxy Z Flip 6 with an Exynos chip this year. A couple of tipsters have hinted at it. If true, it would be the first Samsung foldable to not use a Snapdragon processor. The Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6 launch in July.

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