- The next Samsung flagships will again split the forces between Exynos and Snapdragon
- Both chips should deliver massive performance and AI support right in the phone
- The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be available in a boosted version with more powerful graphics
Samsung will unveil a new line of flagship smartphones early next year, and as with previous generations, it will be made up of three models – the entry-level Galaxy S24, the larger Galaxy S24+ and the flagship Galaxy S24 Ultra. Even though we are less than three months away from their premiere, little bits about their gear are starting to leak out into the world. One of the public secrets, for example, is the deployment of two different chipsets, which has now been confirmed by the head of Qualcomm, Cristiano Amon.
Galaxy S24: more Snapdragons, fewer Exynos
This week, when announcing the financial results for the last quarter, the director of Qualcomm revealed that Samsung will bet on a two-chip strategy for the upcoming Galaxy S24 series, with mobile processors from Qualcomm having the majority share. This will repeat the situation from previous years, when Samsung used both its own Exynos and Snapdragon processors in its flagship smartphones. In recent generations, however, Exynos have significantly lagged behind the American competition, which is why Samsung completely omitted its own chips in this year’s Galaxy S23 series.
They used the one-year break at Samsung to develop the Exynos 2400 chipset, which was revealed last month. It is speculated that Exynos will head to the European and Korean variants of the Galaxy S24 and S24+, while in the rest of the regions (including the US) it will occupy the position of the central brain of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The exception is said to be the top variant of the Galaxy S24 Ultra, which is said to get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 on all markets.
At the moment it is difficult to predict how both chipsets will perform in a direct comparison, this will probably be shown only by real tests of the upcoming phones. Compared to previous years, however, the battle could be a bit more balanced – Exynos, for example, has 10 processor cores, while Snapdragon remained with eight. Models with Snapdragon, on the other hand, should benefit from exclusive improvements directly for Samsung – according to the informant Ice Universe, they will allegedly receive a modified variant of Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which should boast, for example, a strengthened Adreno 750 graphics chip with a clock speed of 1 GHz.
The modified Snapdragon for the Galaxy S24 Ultra should bear the designation SM-S928U, with the primary core operating at a frequency of 3.4 GHz, compared to the standard 3.3 GHz (Cortex-X4). The other three cores will work at 3.5 GHz, two cores at 2.96 GHz and two at 2.27 GHz. The phone will also get 12 GB of RAM and Android 14 supplemented with the middle One UI 6.1.
Artificial intelligence right on board
Regardless of the chipset used, native support for generative artificial intelligence should be one of the biggest novelties of the Galaxy S24 series. Both the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and the Exynos 2400 include their own neural coprocessor that allows large language models to run directly on the device.
Samsung has confirmed the imminent arrival of artificial intelligence in its future phones, but we do not yet know what form it will take – we can expect a significantly improved Bixby assistant, or a lot of different AI functions scattered throughout the system and its applications.
Competing manufacturers also have big plans with artificial intelligence directly in phones, one of them is the Chinese Honor, which announced its AI news for the upcoming Honor Magic 6 smartphone at the end of last month.
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