Going by Samsung’s current smartphone release schedule, the company has a lot on its plate. We’re now getting a better understanding of the manufacturer’s 2022 chip distribution strategy. Samsung will utilize Qualcomm, Exynos, MediaTek, and UNISOC SoCs for its phones and tablets in 2022.
Korean publication, The Elec (via) reports that the chaebol is planning to launch more than 60 devices in 2022. Around 31 of these phones/tablets will reportedly feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 898 SoC.
Meanwhile, the Exynos 2200 chip with the integrated AMD GPU will run on 20 devices next year. Lastly, 14 devices will pack MediaTek SoCs, and three will use chipsets made by UNISOC (formerly Spreadtrum).
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 will reportedly feature the Exynos 2200 chipset
Samsung has no more flagships lined up for 2021, although the company is gearing up for the release of the Galaxy S22 lineup in less than three months.
This report also suggests that the Galaxy S22 FE will sport the Exynos 2200 chipset. The company will likely release this FE model by Q3 of 2022, although its predecessor, the Galaxy S21 FE, is yet to be released.
Reports indicate that the Galaxy S21 FE will launch by January 2022, though it was initially expected to arrive by August this year. The global semiconductor shortage may have contributed to its delay.
A number of 2022 flagships such as the Galaxy S22 and the fourth-gen Galaxy Z Fold/Z Flip series will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 898 chip (also known as Snapdragon 8 Gen1). Meanwhile, some global markets, including Europe, will get the Galaxy S22 lineup with the Exynos 2200 chipset underneath. Other reports indicate that the Galaxy Tab S8 could use the new Exynos chip instead of Qualcomm’s high-end SoC.
Although we’ve come across conflicting reports on the chip distribution of Samsung’s 2022 flagships, it seems like the company will follow the existing strategy. This report illustrates that Samsung is still heavily reliant on Qualcomm’s chipsets. But with 20 models in 2022 expected to feature the Exynos 2200 silicon underneath, Samsung is seemingly bridging the gap with Qualcomm.
Recent suggest that the global semiconductor shortage could continue beyond 2022. If this holds true, Samsung may have to modify its chipset distribution strategy.
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