Epic deal, order your S24/S24+ or Galaxy S24 Ultra! Aramid Fibre goodness - Get 15% discount on Thinborne cases!

SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission.

Notifications
    News for you

    Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs 8+ Gen 1: Which will the Galaxy S23 FE use?

    Phone
    By 

    Last updated: October 1st, 2023 at 01:13 UTC+02:00

    The Galaxy S23 FE will go official in less than a week, and some Samsung fans are dreading the return of the region-based Exynos and Snapdragon split that has been the tradition for Galaxy S flagships for the longest time, a tradition that Samsung broke in 2023 by using only a Snapdragon chip on both foldable and non-foldable flagships.

    While both Exynos and Snapdragon Galaxy S23 FE variants have been confirmed, there seems to be some confusion about the Snapdragon variant. To be more precise, some are wondering if the Galaxy S23 FE will use the Galaxy S22 lineup's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the Plus version found inside the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4.

    Part of the confusion seems to stem from the fact that Geekbench, one of the most popular benchmarking utilities available on Android, mentions ‘taro' as the codename for both the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the 8+ Gen 1. So how does one make sure which of the two chips will be powering the Snapdragon Galaxy S23 FE?

    Galaxy S23 FE will have the slower, less efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

    That can be done simply by comparing the clock speeds for the CPU cores on devices using those chips. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 has higher clock speeds on all of its eight cores, with the fastest core clocked at 3.2GHz. The non-Plus version, on the other hand, runs that core at 3GHz. It's the same story for the seven remaining cores, which are 200-300MHz slower on the 8 Gen 1.

    And, for the Galaxy S23 FE, the slower and less efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the one Samsung has opted for. The company likely did so to maintain parity with the Exynos variant of the phone and/or achieve a lower price tag, though it could also simply be part of Samsung's efforts to clear out old inventory.

    However, despite the older silicon, the Galaxy S23 FE should offer better performance than the Galaxy S22 series thanks to software optimization and improvements in Samsung's 4nm manufacturing process. Efficiency should get a boost as well, though how performance and battery life will hold up in real-world use is something we will only find out once we get our hands on the device and put it through its paces.

    Phone Exynos 2200Galaxy S23 FESnapdragon 8 Gen 1

    You might also like

    Galaxy S24 AI features could be coming to older devices soon

    Galaxy S24 AI features could be coming to older devices soon

    Of all the Galaxy smartphones eligible for the One UI 6.1 update, only flagship devices launched in 2023 will get the Galaxy AI experience found on the Galaxy S24 lineup. Samsung has said that the Galaxy S23 series (including the S23 FE), Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, and Galaxy Tab S9 will get the […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 2 days ago
    Galaxy S24 is cool but you can buy a Galaxy S23 FE a lot cheaper

    Galaxy S24 is cool but you can buy a Galaxy S23 FE a lot cheaper

    Samsung's new Galaxy S24 series is all the rage right now, but let's face it. It's not for everyone, especially for prospective buyers who don't have a big budget for new phones or an older phone to leverage for a decent trade-in discount. The base Galaxy S24 costs $859 outright, which means devices like the […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 4 days ago
    Galaxy S23 FE bags February 2024 security update

    Galaxy S23 FE bags February 2024 security update

    Earlier today, Samsung released the February 2024 security update to the Galaxy S21 series. Now, the new software update is rolling out to the Galaxy S23 FE. This update brings security improvements with the latest patches to fix known vulnerabilities. It is a bit surprising to see the update arrive on Galaxy S23 FE earlier […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 2 weeks ago
    Best Samsung Phones in February 2024 – Picked by experts

    Best Samsung Phones in February 2024 – Picked by experts

    Given the sheer number of devices that it releases every year, finding the best Samsung phones can often prove to be a challenge for most customers. It doesn't matter if you want a flagship or a budget device. Samsung offers plenty of options for all price ranges. To make it easier for you to find […]

    • By Adnan Farooqui
    • 2 weeks ago
    Your Galaxy S24 can now stream games at 1440p 120fps via GeForce Now

    Your Galaxy S24 can now stream games at 1440p 120fps via GeForce Now

    Samsung's newest phones are gaming beats, as showcased in these in-depth tests. The Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24 Ultra can play even the most graphics-intensive games like Genshin Impact at a smooth 60fps. But what if you want to play PC games on your smartphone? For that, Nvidia GeForce now has you covered […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 3 weeks ago
    Here’s why Samsung won’t bring AI features to phones released before 2023

    Here’s why Samsung won’t bring AI features to phones released before 2023

    Samsung says that the Galaxy S24 is its first AI Phone. But what does that mean? The company's newest flagship smartphone comes with Galaxy AI, which is a suite of dozens of AI-powered features that enhance a user's daily life. For example, Galaxy AI offers real-time language translations during messaging and voice calls, removing the […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 3 weeks ago