the Galaxy S22 series is Samsung’s next big thing. The Korean giant will unveil the new flagship Early february, and you’ll have it in your hands by the end of next month, assuming you pre-order one. The Galaxy S22 has already got some fans very excited since the Ultra model will practically replace the Galaxy Note 22. The phone will feature a Note-like design that includes an integrated S Pen stylus. The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus will look more like an iPhone with a punch screen – and we’re getting an iPhone 14 with a punch screen this year. However, the latest evolution of the Galaxy S22 affects the specs of the phone and is the result of the massive failure of the company’s Exynos 2200.
The Galaxy S22 spec detail that matters most
For years, Samsung has used two types of System-on-Chips (SoC) in its flagship phones. Some markets got a Qualcomm chip while others got the Exynos chip. The latter is Samsung’s own SoC, which competes directly with the latest Snapdragon and iPhone processors.
We expected the Galaxy S22 specs to follow the same pattern. The US versions would get the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor that Qualcomm announced a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, international models would get Samsung’s Exynos 2200. The Exynos 2022 should have featured a unique RDNA 2 GPU, a result of a direct partnership with AMD.
Samsung was planning to reveal the Exynos 2200 on January 11th and was making a big fuss on social media in anticipation.
There is no Exynos 2200 SoC
But January 11 came and went, and Samsung didn’t hold the Exynos 2200 presentation that should have preceded the Galaxy S22 Unpacked event. Instead, we only got one big piece of news that day: the launch of the China-bound OnePlus 10 Pro.
The Exynos 2200 represents another massive SoC failure for Samsung. Worse, the company teased the event less than two weeks earlier silently cancel. Something must have happened in that time that made Samsung reconsider.
How’s that good news for the Galaxy S22? Galaxy S series fans may still remember the Galaxy S20 series. Get the Exynos versions of the phone so much criticism that even Samsung mocked itself. The enterprise acknowledged the problems with the Galaxy S20 Exynos versions last year when it introduced the Exynos 2100 chip. Samsung indicated that it has listened to customers and is striving to do a better job.
In other words, the failure of the Exynos 2200 launch seems to be good news for Galaxy S22 buyers looking for the best possible specs. That means the best possible processor Android has access to, and that’s the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. We already have rumors that the Snapdragon 8 overheated, but this is another story. Mobile SoC design may have reached a point where revolutionary innovations are required to further improve the performance and efficiency of each new SoC generation.
One final plot twist
Barring a surprise Exynos 2200 announcement from Samsung, the Galaxy S22 may offer the same specs around the world. It’s one of the moves that many fans have been asking for for years.
But Samsung could still present the Exynos 2200 in time for the launch of the Galaxy S22. Samsung has commented on the cancellation of the Exynos 2200 event on January 12th. “We plan to introduce the new application processor at the time of the launch of a new Samsung smartphone,” Samsung said in an opinion, without giving further details. “There are no problems with that [processor’s] production and performance,” the person said.
There’s also always a chance that Samsung will unveil the Exynos 2200 before launching another Galaxy phone, not the S22 series.