Samsung Galaxy S23 could outstrip the Galaxy S22 by borrowing from cheap phones

The Samsung Galaxy S23 already looks like a more interesting phone than the Galaxy S22, and there are still around 10 months until its release. In fact, it looks like the company’s most interesting new phone since the Galaxy S10 in 2019.

It’s because of a report from Business Korea (opens in a new tab)a Korean company website (surprisingly, given its name), which published an article detailing how Samsung would adopt MediaTek chipsets in its Galaxy S23 phones, as well as Galaxy S22 FE.

Now, chipsets are a complicated affair for Samsung’s flagship phones. Unlike a company like Apple, which uses the same processors in all iPhone models around the world, Samsung currently has an odd split where some regions get Galaxies with their own Exynos chipsets, and others get them by packing chips from Qualcomm, the current top dog in the world of mobile processors.

Business Korea says Samsung is considering adding MediaTek’s chipsets, likely for phones sold in Asia, but will also use Qualcomm and its own processors for some regions – sounds pretty messy.

But while some Samsung phone fans might wrinkle their noses at this rumor – which has yet to be officially substantiated, we have to be clear – it could actually mean huge things for the phones.

Over the past few years, chipset maker MediaTek has enjoyed a meteoric rise.

It used to offer low-end processors for cheap phones – in fact, its name on a specs list was usually a sign that the mobile would be quite weak. But over the course of 2020 and 2021, that changed, most notably with the launch of its Dimensity line.

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Now, we’ve seen MediaTek Dimensity chips powering some pretty impressive high-end phones, including versions of Xiaomi 12 and Oppo Find X5 Pro launched in Asia. The chips can deliver flagship-level processing power at a lower cost, making phones more affordable.

However, if Samsung used Dimensity chips for its Galaxy S23 phones, it would be a clear sign that MediaTek had transcended its cheap roots and become a true flagship player.

If that made the Galaxy S23 even more affordable, it would mean big things for Samsung fans – and if the price stayed the same, it could instead be offset by bigger changes elsewhere.

Of course, it’s also possible that Samsung is simply struggling to build enough chips itself, given the global shortage, and instead asks another company to help out. So we can’t say for sure that big changes are coming for the Galaxy S23 lineup, but it looks like it might have some surprising changes from the S22s.

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