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 4 could force Galaxy S25 to be priced higher

    Phone
    By 

    Last updated: May 20th, 2024 at 15:07 UTC+02:00

    The Galaxy S25 is expected to bring several upgrades and be launched early next year. One of the key upgrades of the upcoming flagship is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chip, which has much faster performance, but that could negatively impact the phone.

    Galaxy S25 to get a price hike due to Snapdragon 8 Gen 4?

    According to tipster Digital Chat Station, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 (model number SM8750) will significantly increase smartphone prices. That is because the chip will be much pricier than its predecessors, including the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The display and the chipset are already the costliest components of a smartphone, and a price hike in the chipset could make it harder for smartphone brands to digest.

    So, OEMs can choose to do one of these three things:

    1. Pass on the price hike to consumers with higher smartphone prices.
    2. Use a cheaper chipset (like the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3) or last year's chip.
    3. Cut the manufacturing cost using cheaper components (display, camera, or battery).

    However, the price hike for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will likely be so great that reducing the prices of other components might not make up for the price hike caused by the chipset.

    Why is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 expected to be so pricey?

    This price hike could be due to Qualcomm's new custom CPU core (Oryon). It can match the performance of Apple's A and M series chips used in iPhones, iPads, and Macs, so there will be a significant improvement in performance compared to previous Snapdragon chips.

    Moreover, this chipset will be made using TSMC's second-generation 3nm process node, N3E. This is the same process used to fabricate Apple's M4 chipset and the upcoming A18 Pro chipset.

    Watch our review of the Galaxy S24 in the video below. The story continues after the video.

    This isn't the first time Qualcomm's new chip has caused smartphone brands to increase their prices significantly. In 2020, the Snapdragon 865 forced Xiaomi to increase the price of the Mi 10 by $140 compared to the Mi 9.

    However, thanks to Samsung's huge supply chain, it is possible that the company won't increase the price of the Galaxy S25 compared to the Galaxy S24 by swallowing up the chip's price hike. If the South Korean firm chooses to do this, we might not see a significant improvement in other specifications, such as the camera or display.

    PhoneTV Galaxy S25Galaxy S25 PlusGalaxy S25 UltraQualcomm Buy Galaxy S24
    Scroll for more related content
    News For You

    You might also like

    Bye-bye Exynos: Galaxy S25 series to be Snapdragon-only?

    Bye-bye Exynos: Galaxy S25 series to be Snapdragon-only?

    It was only a matter of time before rumors suggesting the next Galaxy S flagship may be powered exclusively by Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips started flowing in, and the floodgates have now opened. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, “Qualcomm will likely be the sole SoC supplier for the Samsung Galaxy S25”, attributing the lack of an […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 20 mins ago
    Galaxy S25 with better AI capabilities may end up costing us

    Galaxy S25 with better AI capabilities may end up costing us

    About a month ago, one known tipster on the Weibo social platform brought some worrying news about the upcoming Galaxy S25 and explained why the series might go on sale at a higher-than-usual price next year. The cause would be the higher manufacturing costs of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chip rather than a […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 9 hours ago
    Snapdragon chip used in Galaxy S25 to launch in October

    Snapdragon chip used in Galaxy S25 to launch in October

    The Galaxy S25's processor, which is expected to be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, will likely be unveiled in October 2024. Qualcomm has revealed when it plans to host its annual Snapdragon Summit event, which will happen in Hawaii, as usual. Galaxy S25's processor is expected to be unveiled in October 2024 during Snapdragon Summit Qualcomm […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 4 days ago
    Larger battery not on the cards for the Galaxy S25

    Larger battery not on the cards for the Galaxy S25

    The smallest Galaxy S25 model will not get an upgrade in battery capacity, according to a new rumor. GalaxyClub reports that the Galaxy S25 is being tested with the same battery specs as the Galaxy S24. The battery will have a rated capacity of 3,881 mAh, which translates to an advertised typical capacity of 4,000 […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 4 days ago
    Samsung boss meets Amazon, Meta, and Qualcomm CEOs to discuss future strategies

    Samsung boss meets Amazon, Meta, and Qualcomm CEOs to discuss future strategies

    We recently reported that Samsung boss Lee Jae-yong traveled to the US on a business trip. He planned to meet the company's important partners and discuss future strategies. After meeting Verizon CEO last week, Lee met the CEOs of tech giants Amazon, Meta, and Qualcomm this week and sought increased cooperation. Samsung boss Lee Jae-yong […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 4 days ago
    Galaxy S25 Ultra model number reveal offers no surprises

    Galaxy S25 Ultra model number reveal offers no surprises

    While all eyes are on the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and the Galaxy Z Fold 6 right now, the Galaxy S25 Ultra will be on everyone's mind after the next Galaxy Unpacked event. Samsung is expected to bring big changes with the Galaxy S25 series. We have already heard some rumors regarding the Galaxy S25 […]

    • By Danny Dorresteijn
    • 1 week ago