Like many of the best Android phones in 2023, all three models in the recently released Samsung Galaxy S23 line are powered by Qualcomm’s excellent Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset – but Apple’s top-of-the-range A16 Bionic continues to deny Samsung the privilege of making its smartphones the fastest in the world.
However, that could all change in 2024. According to serial leaker RGcloudS (opens in new tab)Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor in development will be significantly more powerful than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, with the Galaxy-specific version of the chipset set to beat Apple’s upcoming A17 Bionic “on paper.”
In other words, the Samsung Galaxy S24 and its bigger siblings – which we expect to launch early next year – could be faster than the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro and the much-rumoured iPhone 15 Ultra. Of course, these speed gains are likely negligible, but the leak nonetheless bodes well for the performance credentials of future Android devices.
Snapdragon gen 3 is strong indeedBigger jump compared to previous genApparently the main contributor was the arm itself especially X4 & 1,4,3 configurations think it’s almost confirmed that gen3 for Galaxy will beat 17 frequency bionic “on paper” up to 3.7+ ghz for mobileMarch 3, 2023
To get into more detail, RGcloudS claims that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will feature a powerful Cortex-X4 core clocked at 3.7GHz, four low-frequency performance cores, and three efficiency-focused cores. In comparison, the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has a clock speed of 3.2 GHz, which means that its successor appears to be 15% more powerful.
The Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra all have a bespoke version of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, but 3.7GHz would still represent a significant increase over that chipset’s slightly higher clock speed of 3.36GHz .
It’s not crystal clear whether the numbers quoted by RGcloudS definitely refer to the standard version of Qualcomm’s next flagship chipset (rather than the Galaxy-specific version), but their mention of “Gen 3 for Galaxy” suggests that we will indeed see two variants of Snapdragon 8 Gen see 3, as in 2023 with the 8 Gen 2.
We expect the base Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset to make its way into future Xiaomi, Honor and OnePlus flagships, but again, the performance differences between these devices and Samsung’s next Galaxy S phones are likely to be negligible.
We also expect Samsung to offer Qualcomm chipsets across the board with the Samsung Galaxy S24 line. In the years leading up to the release of the S23 range, the company used either Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos processors in its flagship phones, depending on the regions customers bought them in.
The lack of processor differences between regions is a big part of why we rate Samsung’s latest phones so highly so we think it would be foolish for the company to undo all that good work with its next lineup of devices from the Galaxy S series.
To learn more about Samsung’s latest flagships, read our Samsung Galaxy S23 review, hands-on Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus review, and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review.