It’s nothing new for Samsung to vary smartphone chipsets between regions. But with the company’s Exynos 2200 chipset featuring an AMD RDNA2 GPU, there’s more interest than usual about which region will get what.
Now, according to the leaker Dohyun Kim, we have an idea of the split “based on firmware development.” As previously anticipated, the overwhelming majority of regions including North America will apparently be getting the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, but there are patches of Exynos in West Asia, Middle East Asia, Africa and across all of Europe.
Galaxy S22 Series AP by Regions1. Europe: Exynos2. North America: Snapdragon3. South America: Snapdragon4. East Asia: Snapdragon5. South East Asia/Oceania: Snapdragon6. West Asia: Exynos & Snapdragon7. Middle East Asia: Exynos & Snapdragon8. Africa: Exynos & SnapdragonJanuary 20, 2022
While getting an Exynos chip is pretty much par for the course for Europe, this is the first time it's being seen as a possible advantage. Historically, the Exynos chip has lagged behind Qualcomm’s silicon, but this time around the tables could be turned, with the Exynos 2200 performing better in leaked benchmarks and potentially being a gaming powerhouse thanks to the involvement of AMD.
There is, however, reason to take Dohyun Kim’s tweet with a pinch of salt. Just 12 days ago, the tipster was claiming that every region would be getting a Qualcomm powered version of the phone including Europe. “Exynos 2200 is G.O.N.E.”, he wrote. “It might be released later, but I'm sure that it's not going to be in Galaxy S22 series.”
Korea SnapdragonUS SnapdragonEurope SnapdragonExynos 2200 is G.O.N.E.(It might be released later, but I'm sure that it's not going to be in Galaxy S22 series.)January 11, 2022
We now know this initial prediction to be incorrect, as Samsung has said as much. “We are planning to unveil the new application processor at the time of launching a new Samsung smartphone,” a Samsung spokesperson said. “There are no problems with the AP’s production and performance.”
However the chip division ultimately occurs, the performance difference between Exynos 2200 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be fascinating to see, and we can’t wait to benchmark the two chips for ourselves.
Whatever the outcome, we’ll know more when the Samsung Galaxy S22 family of phones are unveiled next month.