Last year was a rough one for Samsung Foundry. Not only did a partnership with AMD failed to bear fruit, but the proprietary Exynos 2200 chip that powered the Galaxy S22 in some markets also had to be throttled to prevent overheating issues, prompting an apology from Samsung CEO JH Han. This year’s Galaxy S23 range will be powered exclusively by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and contrary to what earlier rumors had said, it will also not be manufactured by Samsung.
Samsung doesn’t just design chips, it also manufactures them, and lately, it hasn’t been doing a good job with either. So, even though it was a relief to hear that all markets will get Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S23 phones this year, there were concerns that the chip would be held back by Samsung.