Galaxy S23 Ultra - Samsung's Best Chance

Galaxy S23 Ultra - Samsung's Best Chance
4 min read
31 May 2022

For a smartphone that is scheduled to launch  in February almost 8 months away at this point,   we know quite a lot about the Galaxy S23 Ultra.  One of them is the gigantic 200MP camera sensor.   We also know some interesting rumors about its  chipset which I'll come back to in a moment   but first, let's take a look at what this 200MP  camera sensor on the S23 Ultra is capable of.  

Samsung has uploaded a video where they are  taking this sensor for a test run capturing   the image of a cat and then printing a gigantic,  616-square-meter canvas of a cat’s face, all to   show the level of detail it can bring out. Just to  be clear, this is the 200MP ISOCELL HP 1 sensor,   Samsung will use an upgraded version of this  sensor for the S23 Ultra. And the results here   look impressive. Sure just because you can doesn't  mean you should. I mean no one's going to go out   and print a gigantic poster with their S23 Ultra  but the point is the sensor can take such detailed   images and if Samsung plays their cards right with  the post-processing, the S23 Ultra can once again   be the smartphone camera to beat in 2023.

With that said, there are conflicting reports   about the Exynos 2300. Some say Samsung is  skipping the Exynos line for 2 years and   will go with Snapdragon entirely. Some others  say citing the internal codenames of the Exynos   2300 that the S23 will again come in two chipset  variants. Nobody apart from Samsung knows this   for sure and I'll keep you posted when I hear  some concrete evidence about it but if Samsung   indeed goes ahead with the Exynos 2300 then they  have a great chance to close the gap between   its Snapdragon counterpart and even with Apple's  A-series bionic chipset. Let me explain why.   You see we just got information from famous  Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple will   stick to the 5nm process for the A16 Bionic  chip on the iPhone 14 lineup including the pro.  

TSMC is making these chipsets for Apple and TSMC  said the 3nm chipsets will take another year   to go into mass production because the yield  rate is very low. If you don't know Yield is   basically the percentage of non-defective items  of all produced items. So the fact that the A16   will still be produced on the same 5nm nodes  as the A15 means the performance and battery   improvements are going to be very minimal. Now since Qualcomm has also decided to switch   to TSMC for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, it would  also mean that the next Snapdragon chip won't   use the 3nm process either. It will still be  4nm just like the current 8 Gen 1.

By the way,   Ming Chie Kuo says 4nm is just a marketing  term, it's basically a 5nm process.   But despite that, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 appears  to be performing really well in initial tests   according to Ice Universe. Now the Exynos 2300  on the other hand will likely use the 3nm process   because Samsung foundry has confirmed  that it is on track to start high-volume   production using its 3nm fabrication  process in this quarter itself.   Not only that it's the world's first  process to use GAA transistors.   Without going into the technical terms, GAA is  better chip-making technology than the current   FinFET process. Samsung says it will reduce the  overall power consumption by 50%, improve the   performance by 30%, and reduce the chip size by  45% compared to the same 7nm FinFET process.   So coupled with the gains 3nm  nodes will bring to the table,   the Exynos 2300 has a great chance to close  the gap with its Snapdragon counterpart.   But how much? We'll have to wait and see. 

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