Qualcomm officially introduced the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, which will debut with most flagship Android devices in 2023. Meanwhile, it appears that Qualcomm may introduce another variant of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which may be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S23 series.
According to information, Qualcomm has confirmed a large number of OEMs that will be releasing their Android devices with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. Interestingly, Samsung is nowhere to be seen in the list of OEMs, which sounds rather mysterious.
As spotted by an IceUniverse insider, Qualcomm mentioned that the model number of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip is SM8550-AB, while the 8 Gen 1 model number is SM8450. Since the company added an “AB” suffix to the number, there’s a good chance it’s either the SM8550-AC or something else.
The American chipmaker has officially announced that it has signed a multi-year partnership with Samsung, so the company could require Qualcomm to supply a custom version of the 8 Gen 2 that would be exclusively available in the Galaxy S23 line.
Speaking of Exynos, the Korean tech giant is still working on its flagship Exynos 2300 chip on the 5nm process. However, it is worth noting that the company’s next flagship processor will be used in mid-range Galaxy smartphones, and the S23 series will be released with a Snapdragon chip globally.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm announced that the following companies will release devices based on Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: ASUS, Redmagic, Honor, ZTE, Xiaomi, Meizu, Vivo, Sony, Redmi, OPPO, nubia, Motorola, OnePlus, Sharp and iQOO.