Samsung and Qualcomm are building a strong partnership for the market of smartphones in the next year. According to a recent report, South Korea will be using Qualcomm processors for its smartphones and tablets in 2022. The Elec report states that as many as 64 smartphones and tablets will be released in 2022. These include the Samsung Galaxy S22 flagships, the Galaxy Tab S8 series, and a bunch of devices under the Samsung Galaxy A and M series. Among these devices, only 20 will come with Samsung’s in-house Exynos chipsets. The majority of the total will bring Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. If you recall, a lot of devices from Samsung arrived with MediaTek Dimensity chips this year. Qualcomm wants to establish a strong partner in the race for the chipset market.
Of course, we don’t know the list of smartphones that Samsung will reveal next year. It’s impossible to determine, but we can expect Samsung Galaxy A53, A73, M33, M43, and so on. According to the report, nearly half of the 64 smartphones will feature a Qualcomm processor. The Elec goes further stating that 31 out of the planned 64 devices will feature Qualcomm chips. This leaves just a few units for Exynos and MediaTek.
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The report states that Samsung will be taking this route due to the ongoing chip shortage. The company usually developers the Exynos chips for its devices, but has been facing constraints in recent times. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 series, for example, will bring the Exynos 2200 SoC with AMD GPU in the European and South Korean market. The US market, on the other hand, will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 or Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In India, the Exynos variant is also expected. As per the report, the Galaxy Tab S8 will also stick with the Exynos 2200, but the next year’s foldable will use Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.
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As aforementioned, there will still be a MediaTek chip in around 14 of the company’s smartphones. We can expect them to come under the low-end and budget segments. Interestingly, the company may even bring Unisoc powered smartphones next year. For those unaware, Unisoc is a Chinese chipmaker that is ascending in the low-end and mid-range segments. We expect it to become a relevant competitor in the coming years.
The Galaxy A33 and Galaxy A53 are said to come with an Exynos chipset, but the Galaxy A73 will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G. We expect more details to emerge in the coming months. Apart from the A33, the other two devices are probably months away from a release.
Interestingly, Samsung is also a key partner for Qualcomm. The Korean firm is behind the manufacturing process of the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and will keep manufacturing chips for the US-based chipmaker.