Last update: November 16, 2022 at 18:09 UTC+01:00
Qualcomm officially unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset earlier today. After the announcement, the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra appeared again in the Geekbench online benchmark. More specifically, the European Galaxy S23 Ultra variant with model number SM-S918B appeared in the reference browser, supplementing the American variant which was spotted in Geekbench last month. And just like the US variants, the European model is powered by the Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 rather than an Exynos chipset.
The online reference reveals that the European Galaxy S23 Ultra tested today bears the same motherboard designation, “kalama”, as the US variant, which all but confirms that the phone will hit shelves in Europe with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. Other details revealed by the benchmark include 8GB of RAM (although more RAM options are expected) and Android 13which is pretty much a given given that Samsung is already rolling out the update to its 2022 and older Galaxy S flagships.
Next year is Snapdragon for everyone!
If you’re wondering, the Galaxy S23 Ultra scores 1,504 and 4,580 points respectively in the single-core and multi-core tests. However, we don’t recommend putting too much weight on these scores. It goes without saying that these results were obtained on a pre-release Galaxy S23 Ultra, which means that the phone could give different – probably higher – benchmark scores once it is ready to hit the market. .
In fact, the Galaxy S23 series might even be powered by highly optimized version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, perhaps offering better performance. This feature could be unique to Samsung’s 2023 flagships, which could allow the company to really give its competitors a hard time.
Samsung could unveil the Galaxy S23 in early January or the first week of February. Availability details are not yet public knowledge, but the flagship is expected to hit the market fairly soon. Anyway, if the Galaxy S23 series is powered exclusively by Qualcommand it looks like it is, it will be interesting to see what happens to Exynos. Samsung could buy time to develop a new and better Exynos flagship chipset for future use, or it could lower its expectations and use the Exynos line to supply other smartphone makers with mobile SoCs for mid-range devices. Time will tell us.