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Indian fans may finally get a Samsung flagship smartphone of their dreams


Last updated: December 6th, 2021 at 03:47 UTC+01:00

The Galaxy S22, which will launch in February 2022, is expected to come in two variants. Some countries will get the Exynos 2200 variant of the high-end smartphone, while others will get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant. Previous leaks have hinted towards a majority of markets getting the Snapdragon version of the phone in 2022.

Now, a new rumor reveals which variant of the Galaxy S22 we can expect to hit the Indian market.

India could get Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant of the Galaxy S22 series

According to tipster @FrontTron, Samsung will launch the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 versions of the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra in India. It is probably the first time Indian Galaxy fans will get access to a Snapdragon variant of a Galaxy S series smartphone. Due to the underwhelming performance of Exynos chips in the past, Indian consumers have demanded the South Korean firm to launch Snapdragon versions of their high-end smartphones in India, and it looks like their dreams may finally turn into reality.

However, the actual reason behind this change in Samsung’s strategy may actually be related to supply chain issues and not consumer demand. It is being rumored that the South Korean smartphone giant may not have enough Exynos 2200 stocks, forcing the firm to launch a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant of the Galaxy S22 in the Indian market. Many other countries, which usually get the Exynos versions of Galaxy S series devices, may get the Snapdragon version next year.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Features

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Exynos 2200

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was unveiled a few days ago. The chipset is made using Samsung Foundry’s 4nm process and uses ARM’s v9 CPU cores: Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710, and Cortex-A510. The company is quoting performance improvements of 20% in CPU and 30% in gaming. Thanks to carrier aggregation, it features up to 10Gbps 5G download speeds. Other features include HDR gaming, VRS (Variable Rate Shading), raytracing, Wi-Fi 6E, and support for up to 8K 30fps video recording with EIS.

Both Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 use Samsung Foundry’s 4nm fabrication process and ARM’s v9 CPU cores. However, the Exynos 2200 will use the AMD Radeon Mobile GPU based on the new RDNA2 architecture. It has been reported that the AMD GPU inside the chipset will perform faster than the A14 Bionic chipset used in the iPhone 12. It is also being reported that Samsung has put severe throttling issues to the rest with its upcoming chip, but that can only be said for sure after the Galaxy S22’s launch.

Which variant of the Galaxy S22 do you want to buy? Exynos 2200 or Snapdragon 8 Gen 1? Let us know in the comments section below.

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