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Unlike the regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which has a ultra high-performance 3.2GHz Cortex-X3 core, the Samsung-exclusive version seems to be overclocked all the way up to 3.32GHz. It might not seem like such a massive difference, but it could very well end up being a rather important difference that could set the Galaxy S23-series apart from the Android competition that would ultimately score a slightly inferior version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, with a lower maximum clock of the high-performance core.
The Galaxy S23-series will break the mold of two separate versions, a Snapdragon and an Exynos one, and will be solely powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Qualcomm’s latest chipset was announced just the other day with some really promising improvements over the previous generation. The new chip is 25% faster and 45% (!) more efficient than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is certainly giving us an optimistic outlook.
The regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 consists of a single prime Cortex-X3 core running at 3.2GHz, two Cortex-A715 and two Cortex-A710 performance cores clocked at 2.8GHz, and finally, three efficiency Cortex-A510 cores running at 2.0GHz. Quite a novel setup that greatly differs from the 1+3+4 setup that made the rounds on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a chipset with a trove of problems that Qualcomm has to put behind.
Why has Samsung scored such a nifty overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that the rest of the Android phone makers will probably only get after the Galaxy S23 has launched? Well, if we could speculate, we’d say that Samsung solely relying on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and foregoing its own line of Exynos chipset is a rather strong leverage to demand a slightly tuned-up version of the chipset as a form of compensation, as Samsung is a particularly large client that definitely can make such demands.