The Samsung Galaxy S23 and its siblings are likely to be among the most exciting phones of 2023, and as we approach its launch, rumors and leaks are heating up, the latest being a reference to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
seen by MySmartPrice (opens in new tab)this Geekbench listing points to the phone with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. That’s no surprise given that – at least in some regions – the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup used the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but it’s good news, since that Gen 2 will likely be the most powerful chipset available for Android phones until Gen 2 Plus or Gen 3 arrives, later in 2023.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 itself isn’t even out yet, but we expect it to debut at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in mid-November, so it should be out in time for the launch of the Galaxy S23 lineup, which will likely be in February of next year.
It’s worth noting, however, that this benchmark is for an American model of the phone, which makes the included chipset even less surprising as Snapdragon silicon is pretty much always used in Samsung’s flagship phones in the region. Some other markets – including the UK – usually get Exynos chipsets, but there are reports that this time around Snapdragon will be used everywhere.
This isn’t the first time we’ve specifically heard rumors that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is being used, with a recent leak of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 spec list. Yogesh Brar (opens in new tab) (through PhoneWorld (opens in new tab)), for example, also pointing to that chipset.
Samsung Galaxy S23 (rumored)- 6.1″ FHD+ sAMOLED, 120Hz- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC- Rear Camera: 50MP (OIS) + 12MP (UW) + 10MP (Tele)- Front Camera: 10MP- 8GB RAM- 128 /256GB Storage – Android 13, OneUI 5-3,900mAh battery, 25W wired, 15W wireless chargingOctober 18, 2022
This spec list pertains to the standard Samsung Galaxy S23, but we often see Samsung using the same chipset across the entire Galaxy S lineup, which is no surprise. Neither do the rest of the specs leaked here because aside from the chipset and a slightly larger 3,900mAh battery, the specs listed are exactly the same as the S22.
In any case, the benchmark isn’t good news, because it also only mentions 8GB of RAM, which, while enough for most users, isn’t a particularly high amount for an Ultra phone. There’s also no upgrade to the initial capacity of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – although the pricier versions of that device are 12GB, so we’d expect at least that again.
Review: These Probably Won’t Be the First Phones to Use a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
If the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 arrives in November and the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup arrives in February, Samsung’s next flagships are likely to be among the first phones to use the chipset.
After all, it’s only high-end phones that will get the Gen 2, and we don’t expect many of them in this window.
However, there will likely be at least one that outperforms Samsung, namely the Xiaomi 13. Based on the former form, this could debut in China in December 2022, and one leaker thinks it could arrive in November.
But the global launch could be later, with the Xiaomi 12 not having a wider launch until April of this year. Likewise, Motorola managed to beat even Xiaomi last year with the China-exclusive Edge X30, however, just like Xiaomi, the international equivalent that most closely resembles the Edge X30 (the Edge 30 Pro) didn’t quite make it. in 2022.
As such, it is possible that the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup is still the first to use this chipset in the US, UK, Australia and elsewhere internationally. Also, Xiaomi phones don’t come to the US anyway, so that counts the Xiaomi 13 out there.
Unless the S23 lineup is drastically different than these leaks suggest and Samsung somehow manages to drop the ball, all three of the next Galaxy S phones will likely make it to our roundup of the best Samsung phones. For those who can’t wait that long, check out our best Black Friday phone deals, which are constantly being updated through Black Friday (November 25th) and beyond.