There’s no clear definition of what “Android’s iPhone” might look or feel like. Yet when I think of the iPhone, I imagine a refined and cohesive software and hardware experience, efficient processing, and reliable battery life, all working in harmony.
Qualcomm’s mid-cycle refresh for 2022 made a big difference in efficiency for phones with small batteries and large screens, like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, compared to their predecessors, and now the all-new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is here to take that to a whole new level!
Android users, this might be the best chip we’ve ever had, and Samsung promises to make it even better!
A Supercharged Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to Power All Galaxy S23 Models Worldwide, Ending Countless Issues with Exynos Chips
While we still haven’t gotten our hands on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered phone (the Vivo X90 is the first officially announced phone with the new chip), thanks to leakster IceUniverse, we already have a pretty good idea of what the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will bring to the table! And it’s exciting!
For starters, Samsung fans should be particularly motivated, and that’s because the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra are set to bring a unique, overclocked version of the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which should make Samsung’s flagships a bit more powerful (at least on paper) than other Android phones with the same chip.
Galaxy S23 to make circles around Exynos Galaxy S22; brings never-before-seen performance and efficiency improvements to Samsung flagships
Whether we’re talking about the standard or supercharged version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, we expect the new Galaxy S23 chip to bring huge improvements, especially over the Exynos version of the Galaxy S22!
- According leaked Geekbench 5 scores, which test CPU performance, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 should bring at least 25% better single-core score and a whopping 45% better multi-core score compared to the Galaxy S22’s Exynos 2200. And that’s not even the final form of SD 8 Gen 2.
- apart from CPU, leaked GFX benchmarks (graphics performance test) show that compared to the Exynos 2200, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is improved by at least 60% while being at least 85% more efficient. These are what the tech world calls “unreal” numbers.
The Galaxy S23 is ready to match the performance of the A15 Bionic; Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 closes in on Apple’s A16 Bionic, making Android history
But things are getting more and more interesting as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powered Galaxy S23 will not only be a huge improvement over the older Exynos and Qualcomm chips, but should match Apple’s own A15 Bionic used in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 Pro! That might not sound like anything special since Apple’s A16 Bionic still sits comfortably at the top of the food chain when it comes to overall performance, but the truth is that previous Qualcomm processors barely managed to reach the performance level of three-year-old Apple chips.
- With 1,465 single-core and 5,180 multi-core, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is now poised to match/surpass Apple’s vanilla iPhone flagship for the first time ever.
- With 1,725 single-core and 4,635 multi-core, Apple’s A15 Bionic of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 could be slightly behind the Galaxy S23’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
- For the record, the A16 Bionic chip powering the iPhone 14 Pro has a single-core score of 1,875 and a multi-core score of 5,375, putting it near the top of the food chain.
Galaxy S22 “S”? Samsung is taking a conservative, Apple-like approach to the Galaxy S23 upgrade (and that’s awesome!)
The Galaxy S23 flagships will hardly differ from their predecessors, but that’s no problem at all!
Instead of focusing on flashy new designs and bells and whistles, the South Korean company seems to be focused on one thing, and that’s making Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra better versions of their counterparts. Galaxy S22, which are already some of the best Android phones.
With top-of-the-line displays, designs, cameras, and even software support, a reliable processor across all models and geographies was exactly what Samsung’s flagship phones lacked to achieve peak performance!
Frankly, it’s a pure mystery why it took Samsung so long to drop the use of Exynos chips for its flagship phones sold in certain parts of the world. On the other hand, Qualcomm also took forever to give us an Apple-grade chip with the promise of exceptional power and efficiency. But we are almost there now!
The competition in 2023 will be tough; phones from Xiaomi, Google and Apple will try to give Samsung a hard time
Xiaomi could be the dark horse of the 2023 flagship phone race.
In the end, remember that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is not reserved for Samsung. In fact, a ton of other Android phone makers will and are already using Qualcomm’s breakthrough chip in their flagship phones!
In fact, the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones were announced on November 22, and they’re Vivo’s new phones. Flagship X90, X90 Pro and X90 Pro+. These are currently only available in China and should debut globally in around 2-3 months (if Vivo’s X80 rollout strategy is to be repeated).
OnePlus, Motorola, Sony, Oppo, etc are also expected to launch Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powered flagships in the coming months, but Samsung’s real competition here is shaping up to be the The Xiaomi 13 series, which not only promises the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, but also a 1-inch Sony IMX 989 sensor for the global market, making it an even more intimidating package.
In case you’re wondering, no – I haven’t forgotten Google’s Pixel 7 series! Unfortunately, and ironically, the Tensor G2 made by Samsung and Google could be 40-50% slower than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, leaving Sundar Pichai & Co out of this “power and efficiency” conversation. At least for this year.
Has Samsung finally gone above and beyond to cement its position as the Android phone maker with the fastest, most efficient and most reliable phones? We will have to wait for the Galaxy S23 series to find out for sure! So give it a few months…