Samsung is reportedly considering switching to MediaTek chips for at least some of its upcoming flagship phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S23.
Up to this point, Samsung has been using a mixture of Qualcomm Snapdragon and homemade Exynos chips for its flagship phones. But, Business Korea claims that the South Korean tech giant is mulling a switch to MediaTek’s high-end SoCs.
To be clear, this won’t apply to all top-end Samsung phones, or even all models of the same model. MediaTek will apparently supply chips for about half of the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE devices this year, and may then do the same for Samsung Galaxy S23 phones sold in Asia early next year.
Of course, this is not Samsung’s first experience with MediaTek hardware. The company has been using the company’s low-cost processors in some of its budget phones for a long time, such as the Samsung A13 5G.
However, the Taiwanese semiconductor has really stepped up its game in recent years. The OnePlus Nord 2 really impressed us last year with its MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chip, delivering gaming performance broadly equivalent to the Snapdragon 865+.
In 2021, Mediatek represented 26.3% of the global application processor (AP) market, second only to Qualcomm at 37.7%. Samsung’s own Exynos chips account for just 6.6% of the market, and the company has struggled year after year to match the power and efficiency of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon lineup.
Launched this year, the Exynos 2200 processor used in the Samsung Galaxy S22 series marks the first fruit of a collaboration with AMD that brings ray tracing support to mobile devices for the first time.