Samsung’s decision to use its new Exynos chipset in the Galaxy S24 and S24+ handsets has not gone down well in the community. The performance problems of the Exynos and Snapdragon handsets are addressed in the new Galaxy S23 Fan Edition, but will that be enough to calm consumers?
Let’s remind ourselves of Samsung’s “Galaxy Unpacked” launch event in February 2023. To the delight of many, the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra were only available with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, no matter where you were in the world.
Why was that welcomed? Previous Galaxy S handsets were available with either the Qualcomm Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos chipsets, with the Snapdragon offering better performance and longer battery life; those looking for the best specifications possible had to hope they were in a Qualcomm territory.
The news that Samsung will be returning to a mix of Eynoso and Snapdragon chipsets for the Galaxy S24 family has not been met with much joie de vivre. Yet this month’s new Galaxy S handset is available with the two chipsets and makes a point Samsung will be hoping many pick up on.
The handset is the Galaxy S23 Fan Edition, and the S23 FE comes with either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Samsung’s Exynos 2200 chipset. Both chipsets were found in the Galaxy S22 smartphones—there’s a case to be made that the S23 FE is actually running the specifications of a mythical Galaxy S22 Fan Edition.
Yet the choice to run with Exynos in some of the Galaxy S23 FE territories helps to make a point that I’m sure Samsung will be hoping comes over when the Galaxy S24 and S24+ are launched in early 2024. As Abhijeet Mishra highlights on SamMobile, Samsung has optimized the Exynos 2200 to offer a better experience.
“In fact, the Exynos 2200 is actually faster on the Galaxy S23 FE than the Galaxy S22, at least when it comes to theoretical performance, as revealed by benchmarks of the device. It also runs cooler here, as the Galaxy S23 FE, like the other Galaxy S23 models, has a bigger vapor cooling system for more efficient heat dissipation, which should be particularly beneficial when you’re gaming for long hours.”
Sometimes you don’t need the absolute top-end chipset delivering maximum power to have a good time with your smartphone. It’s something Google projects with the Tensor Mobile, and it’s something Samsung will push when the Exynos and Snapdragon mix returns when the Galaxy S24 launches.
Will that address the perceived problem of the Exynos/Snapdragon differences? Time will tell
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