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Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy is the brain behind Samsung Galaxy S23 series

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The benchmark documents of the Galaxy S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra hinted that the upcoming Samsung flagships don’t use the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. Qualcomm and Samsung signed a multi-year partnership and it looks like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy is an exclusive product for the S23 series.

According to a recent report, Samsung Galaxy S23 series uses a customized Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, which will be called the “Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy.” As revealed through Geekbench, this AP features a clock speed of up to 3.36GHz, whereas the regular version clocks at 3.2GHz.

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Apart from chipset, the US price details of the Galaxy S23 series devices have also been revealed, which says, there will not be any price hike. The official-looking spec sheet from Verizon shows the Galaxy S23 starts at $799.99, the Galaxy S23 Plus at $999.99 and the Galaxy S23 Ultra at $1,199.99.

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Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy

This Galaxy S23-exclusive Snapdragon chipset could bring largely the same feature set as the chip being used in other Android phones such as Xiaomi 13, and OnePlus 11. In order to enhance performance, Samsung may have further optimized the software with this new chipset.

Ditching the Exynos, Samsung’s going to ship all Galaxy S23 models with Qualcomm-made chipset this year! It’s not big news for all, but, nothing can be bigger than this for our readers of European countries. Europe always got the Exynos version of S flagships, which is ending after all.

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Compared to Samsung’s own-made chipset, Snapdragon AP always performed well on Galaxy smartphones. More specifically, the overclocked (Plus) versions of the Snapdragon chip manufactured by TSMC are always praised for better performance and efficiency.

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If you reserve the Galaxy S23 before the Unpacked event, you will be eligible for a $50 Samsung Credit for free. You can use this credit during the purchase of accessories such as official cases, covers and charging adapter. In the US, you don’t have to pay early, hence, we recommend you reserve your S23 now!

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra AnTuTu scores confirm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy is incredible

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One of the most disliked parts of the old Samsung S phones was their processor. Thankfully the company has fixed it this year. The newly launched Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra packs an exclusive Snapdragon processor and AnTuTu benchmark scores have confirmed that it delivers incredible performance.

Samsung used to offer two processors various for its flagship S series phones, one from Qualcomm and another is Exynos, region-wise. Due to this, customers in some countries, such as Europeans had to satisfy with low-performance Exynos variants.

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But this is not the case this year. Samsung is equally treating the Galaxy S23 customers worldwide. The company has partnered with Qualcomm and installed a Snapdragon processor on all Galaxy S23 phones named ‘Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy‘.

Since it was a new experiment, Samsung customers were worried whether it would deliver good performance compared to the regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset or not. Fans can finally heave a sigh of relief as the AnTuTu test scores have proved that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a great performer.

Samsung S23 Ultra AnTuTu scores

YouTuber FoneTech has recently performed the AnTuTu test on the Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone and its final score was 1243687. These scores are much higher compared to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 997862 scores, showing how hard Samsung has worked to provide the best performance to the users.

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Galaxy S23 is a big upgrade, but Samsung skips seamless Android updates yet again

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S23 series has everything for today’s needs including the fastest processor, the latest software system out of the box, and long updates support. With the Galaxy S23 series, Samsung skipped bringing the seamless Android updates feature, which was highly awaited.

According to AndroidPolice, the Galaxy S23 Ultra (naturally others too) doesn’t support the seamless Android updates feature after all. To verify it, the source managed to run the Treble Info tool, which confirmed Samsung has not enabled the seamless updates feature.

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It is surprising that Samsung has not adopted the seamless Android updates support for the Galaxy S23 series. In an interview last year, the One UI department head confirmed that the company is working to bring seamless updates to Galaxy, which could be possible with One UI 6.

Samsung Galaxy s23 seamless Android updates

In the recent past, it was reported that the Android maker (Google) is working to make it mandatory for smartphone vendors to bring support for seamless updates. Samsung is best in terms of Android software updates, matching Apple’s dominance. Still, the company is missing this important feature, which became common nowadays.

No one is unaware of Google and Samsung’s sweet friendship, but the lack of such as great feature forces us to scratch our heads. With seamless updates, smartphones install new firmware updates in a second virtual partition to reduce downtime.

Smartphones like Google Pixel support seamless Android updates feature, letting you continue to use the device during the installation of software. Instead of going into a long downtime, seamless updates help phones to install the software to a second partition while you continue to use the main one.

As soon as the installation completes in the second partition, you are just required to reboot it for a few seconds to merge the new incremental software. We hope the Samsung flagship coming in the next half would eventually bring the seamless updates feature.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 brings GOS toggle, is there any throttling issue?

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S23 smartphones are now available for pre-order in various parts of the world. The devices use “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy” globally, which is fine-tuned by Samsung and Qualcomm. After a generation upgrade, the Galaxy S23 still brings a GOS toggle, raising questions.

As spotted by androidauthority, the new Samsung Galaxy S23 series has a GOS performance toggle, similar to the Galaxy S22. Notably, “games performance throttling” was an Exynos 2200 problem, but, the GOS toggle’s existence in Galaxy S23 doesn’t make sense.

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The Exynos-powered Galaxy S22 models were widely reported to have a performance throttling issue, which was patched with a GOS toggle. Since the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is produced by TSMC, the overheating issue should have been fixed, as seen on 8 Plus Gen 1 models.

If there’s not any performance issue, Samsung may have wanted to continue offering users the option to toggle gaming battery/performance optimizations on and off. Since the 8 Gen 2 chip is already well optimized, Samsung’s toggle may not serve anything notable in performance and overheating.

Inside the Game Booster Labs section, you can find the GOS option entitled Alternate game performance management. When enabled, the function uses an experimental game performance management system as part of improving the performance of select games.

Samsung Galaxy S23 GOS Toggle

Samsung would start shipping the Galaxy S23 on February 17, while, it’s not appropriate to comment on performance and optimization in the initial days of release. As soon as the device reaches the public, we would be able to share their feedback with our readers.

For now, it’s great to inform you that the Galaxy S23 Ultra defeated all of its rivals in the Android world in the battery drain test. The battery efficiency of the S23 Ultra is even closer to the iPhone 14 Pro Max (just a 10-minute gap from Apple’s flagship).

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