Deal between Samsung and Qualcomm virtually guarantees that Snapdragon will be used globally in the Galaxy S23.

Samsung and Qualcomm have just signed a multiyear agreement that will increase the usage of Snapdragon processors by the manufacturer of Galaxy smartphones, supporting a rumor that the Galaxy S23 will be virtually exclusively powered by Snapdragon chips.

This week, Qualcomm and Samsung shared a wide strategic cooperation in an press release that included an extension of their patent licensing arrangement by seven years.

Through the end of 2030, Qualcomm Incorporated and Samsung have extended their patent license agreement for 3G, 4G, 5G, and forthcoming 6G mobile technology.

This new agreement is significant because it will result in Samsung deploying Snapdragon CPUs in more Galaxy handsets. Prior to the August 10 unveiling, Samsung is planning to employ the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the next Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 reservations for those phones are open now . Samsung already uses the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the Galaxy S22 series.

However, Samsung is well known for using Exynos processors in other countries. Regions like the United States, South Korea, and a few other places typically use Snapdragon chips, whereas many areas of Europe and Asia frequently use Samsung’s Exynos chips.

Although the raw performance of those chips is typically equivalent, optimization problems and other problems are all too frequent. Samsung’s own supporters actually started a petition in 2020 in an effort to persuade the business to quit utilizing the subpar Exynos CPUs due to problems with overheating and performance. Samsung said at the time that its Exynos chips undergo the same exacting and demanding testing as Snapdragon chips.

However, it now appears like Samsung intends to increase the usage of Snapdragon CPUs in upcoming Galaxy smartphones, most likely beginning with the Galaxy S23 series. According to Qualcomm’s press statement, Samsung has decided to increase their cooperation with Snapdragon platforms for next high-end Samsung Galaxy products.

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon gave some hints about Samsung’s plans while emphasizing ours:

Samsung and us have a stronger bond than ever. We have been working together to drive the industry for more than 20 years, and we are happy to continue this strategic cooperation to create cutting-edge products and technology leveraging Snapdragon platforms to power more premium Samsung devices globally.

Amon also claimed to expect significantly stronger use of Snapdragon chips on the Galaxy S23 and beyond, compared to Qualcomm providing about 75% of chips for the Galaxy S22 series, in Qualcomm’s Q3 earnings call (via The Motley Fool ).

What does this signify moving forward for Exynos? It’s still uncertain, but Samsung’s intentions to develop a chip especially for its Galaxy flagship devices may represent a wider upheaval. This new alliance gives the impression that the chip may not be released in this decade, even though it was anticipated to be available within the next several years.

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