Galaxy S23 series, new confirmations for the enhanced Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

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The Galaxy S23 family has no more secrets and, after having seen the complete technical data sheets (almost 100%) of each model and having taken a look at list prices in the French market, today is a new report from 9to5Google to confirm another of the recurring characteristics of the new Samsung smartphones, that is the particularity of their SoC.

Yes, because there has often been talk of the presence of a variant enhanced of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 within the top of the South Korean range, an eventuality that today is again taken up by 9to5Google within an article in which it confirms the presence of this variant of the Qualcomm SoC. The newspaper cites an anonymous source and the documentation submitted to her, which shows that the S23 will be equipped with a chip “Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy“, which is a variant exclusively dedicated to Galaxy smartphones.

As discussed above, this version features a slightly higher CPU clock compared to the reference one, since we are talking about 3.36GHz peak versus the 3.2GHz of the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It is not clear whether the nomenclature for Galaxy it will also be maintained in the official promotional material and if Samsung will aim to emphasize the presence of a SoC basically exclusive to its smartphones.

Some past rumors claimed that this variant could have been made in home from the Samsung foundries, but it seems that the hypothesis has been withdrawn and that therefore it should be a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also produced by TSMC. On the other hand, the silicon of the wafers on which the chips are made is not all the same and some areas are able to guarantee better quality SoCs which can therefore be pushed to slightly higher frequencies (on the contrary, some areas of the wafer have a lower yield and are usually used to produce so-called binned variants, but this is not the case), a bit like we have seen in the past also on other chips such as Snapdragon 845, whose version enhanced it was exclusive to Asus’ first ROG Phone.

We remember that early Galaxy S23 benchmarks yielded mixed results, as the excess power was not exactly decisive in obtaining scores higher than the other smartphones equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, probably due to the absence of an advanced dissipation system, capable of allowing the chip to express all its maximum potential.

VERIZON CONFIRMS KEY FEATURES OF THE S23

Meanwhile, the US operator Verizon has involuntarily – as it has not actively disseminated the material mentioned – confirmed some of the key features of the Galaxy S23, including a very interesting detail, namely the possible launch date. As can be read from the images published just below, the pre-orders of the Galaxy S23 will begin exactly on the day of the presentation – or on February 1st – to then be delivered to customers starting February 17.

The promotional material doesn’t explicitly mention the Galaxy S23s, just their code name diamond. However, this is not enough mask the identity of smartphones, since the acronym has already emerged several times in the past. We can then find that Galaxy S23 basic (DM1) will be proposed to $799.99, S23+ (DM2) to $999.99 and Galaxy S23 Ultra (DM3) starting from $1,199.99.

Also confirmed the various combinations for memory cuts, from which it emerges that to have 12 GB of RAM on the Galaxy S23 Ultra it will be necessary to purchase the 512 GB variant. Obviously other combinations in markets other than the United States are not excluded, so the hypothesis of a 12/256 GB model could still remain standing.

Finally, the last slide is the one dedicated to Verizon stores, from which employees can study the strengths on which Samsung wants to push for the promotional campaign of its upcoming smartphones. Nothing particularly new on this front either, except for the fact that the South Korean company is really betting a lot on its ecosystem as an added value to contrast with what is proposed by its biggest rival.

 

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