I’m still concerned about performance of Galaxy S23’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Globally, Samsung will be shipping Galaxy S23 with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The company is working on the development of a Galaxy-exclusive AP, and Exynos 2300 has reportedly shifted to Galaxy FE devices.
Meanwhile, there’s concern that Galaxy S23’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 might not perform. It was first reported in November that Snapdragon APs that will be used in Galaxy S23 devices are being manufactured by Samsung.
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As we’ve seen in the benchmark reports, the Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra use Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, but, an overclocked variant. The standard has a frequency of 3.2GHz, while Samsung’s 8 Gen 2 is clocked at 3.36Ghz.
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Earlier, Qualcomm’s CFO revealed that the company has signed a multi-year partnership with Samsung. However, it looks like the partnership is not limited to just bringing upcoming Galaxies with Snapdragon variants worldwide.
Both of the technology giants may have dealt with 100% usage of Snapdragon chips in favor of production orders at Samsung Foundry. Production line and method are the crucial things that finalize the performance and efficiency.
Snapdragon at Samsung Foundry
The Korean tech giant’s chip foundry has produced the Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors. However, Qualcomm replaced Samsung with TSMC due to heating and performance throttling reports in devices.
The Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, which is being manufactured by TSMC outperformed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 along with resolving issues like heating and performance throttling.
It’s also true that Samsung’s own made Exynos never became a tough competitor to Qualcomm chipsets. And eventually, Exynos flagship chips have been removed from Samsung’s flagship smartphone lineup.
The GPU performance throttling issue even forced Samsung to officially apologize at the shareholders’ meeting. Not that all, that controversy made radical attacks on the worldwide sales of the Galaxy S23 series devices.
Samsung is reportedly unveiling Galaxy S23 series on February 1, while release is likely to happen a week later. All devices will be equipped with overclocked Qualcomm chips, but it may not be as performer as standard version.
How to get Google AI features on your Samsung Galaxy [US only]
Google has entered the serious game of distributing artificial intelligence features, with the announcement of a lot of features at its developers’ conference on May 10. Besides Bard, Google AI features that are available for early testing can be grabbed on your Samsung Galaxy too. Here’s how:
Google AI Labs Features – How to sign up on Samsung Galaxy
- Head to labs.withgoogle.com on your Galaxy smartphone or Galaxy Book.
- Find the AI projects you’re interested in and hit either Learn more or Join waitlist.
- Note: All of these projects are under a waitlist system with no promises about whether you’ll be accepted.
- Sign in when prompted and follow the steps for each Ai project.
Google Search with AI
At the I/O 2023, the company revealed that it will be bringing the biggest change to search in history. With AI integration, the Search may abandon that conventional 10-blue link placement and show the most preferable results using Generative AI capabilities.
Workspace is harnessing the power of generative AI to unlock new ways of working so people can create, connect and grow together. Moreover, Google confirms that you’ll see a steady drumbeat of launches for these new experiences across Docs, Gmail, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and Chat.
According to Google, Tailwind is your AI-first notebook, grounded in the information you choose and trust. Tailwind is an experiment, and currently available in the US only. Samsung Galaxy users in the country can join the waitlist to try it for themselves.
Unlike the above three AI tools, MusicLM is available in more countries than the US only. The company has opened MusicLM to groups of testers. As the name suggests, MusicLM is an intelligent experimental tool to create generative music on commands.
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2024 Samsung Galaxy flagships to beat iPhone 15 in this key area
In the smartphone market, Samsung and Apple are the top priorities that are unquestionably reliable and powerful. With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Apple’s iPhone 14 faced tough competition, while the 2024 Samsung Galaxy flagships could beat iPhone 15 in one key area.
Both Galaxy and iPhone flagships equip premium display panels, whereas the software and chipset installation is completely different. While Apple has its own Bionic chipset designing team, Samsung makes its own Exynos along with collaborating with Qualcomm for products like Snapdragon for Galaxy.
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Apple released the iPhone 14 Pro Max last year, bringing the most powerful smartphone chipset to the market. However, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy swiftly defeated the most premium iPhone with faster GPU performance than the A16 Bionic.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has 50% faster GPU
This year, Apple will introduce the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which will debut the next-gen A-series processor, based on the 3nm process. Meanwhile, reports say that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 offers a GPU that is 50% faster than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
If the leak is true, the fine-tuned “Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy” will have an even faster GPU than the vanilla variant. As the 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy outperformed A16 Bionic, the S24 Ultra with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy would leave the A17 and iPhone 15 Pro Max in the dust.
Compared to iOS, high-spec gaming is more popular on Android smartphones, as Apple is pushing gaming content lately. This may save the iPhone maker from being criticized for GPU performance over the 2024 flagships powered by Qualcomm’s third-gen Snapdragon chip.
The US chip designer may unveil the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 at the end of this year, while Chinese phone makers will start introducing their production sometime in December. The real iPhone 15 competitor will be the Galaxy S24, which Samsung may reveal by February 2024.
Samsung gets sued by BOE for copyright infringement
Samsung appears to be in trouble in China as the local display panel manufacturer BOE reportedly sued the company and various of its arms over claims of copyright infringement.
A Weibo tipster revealed that the Chinese display maker BOE has sued Samsung and some other Samsung-related subsidiaries. It is reported that the company has been involved in copyright violations on innovations.
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According to the input, BOE sued various Samsung firms running in China, including Shanghai Samsung Semiconductor Co., Ltd., Samsung (China) Investment Co., Ltd., Dongguan Samsung Vision Co., Ltd., Samsung Semiconductor (Xi’an) Co., Ltd., Tianjin Samsung Vision Mobile Co., Ltd. and other Samsung-related companies.
The tipster also added that Chongqing Jingdong Jiapin Trading Co., Ltd. is also suing Samsung for infringement of invention patents. With all these kinds of attempts, BOE appears to be putting political pressure on Samsung and its arms to leave the country.
Earlier, Samsung Display filed an OLED panel patent infringement lawsuit against BOE in the US. The company mentioned in the complaint that the US smartphone repair market is using cheap Chinese panels instead of OLED panels containing Samsung Display’s core patented technology when repairing smartphone displays.