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Samsung in 2022: Here's what SoCs could power Galaxy S22 FE, foldables and more

Expect a hefty helping of Qualcomm with a splash of Exynos.

Published onNovember 15, 2021

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  • A new report has detailed Samsung’s purported smartphone shipment plan for 2022.
  • The plan details which chipsets Samsung aims to use in its upcoming model lineup.
  • The majority of Samsung’s devices will run Qualcomm and Exynos silicon.

According to a new report from Korea, Samsung will once again lean heavily on Qualcomm chipsets for its 2022 smartphones and tablets, with Exynos hardware playing second fiddle.

Per The Elec, citing details from Samsung’s 2022 smartphone shipment plan, nearly half of Samsung’s mobile devices launching in the new year will use Qualcomm power. At least 31 models will run a flavor of Snapdragon SoC, while 20 will use Exynos chipsets. A further 13 will employ MediaTek silicon, while just three will include Unisoc internals.

That breakdown isn’t surprising but differs from reports suggesting that the company planned sizeable increases to Exynos usage within its lineup in 2022. Samsung has generally favored Qualcomm silicon, with its recent flagships employing both the American company’s SoCs and its self-developed Exynos chips.

Which chipsets will Samsung’s 2022 devices use?

The Elec suggests the Galaxy S22 will launch with Qualcomm’s next flagship chipset, currently referred to as the Snapdragon 898. While Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset will likely debut at the end of the month, Samsung also plans to offer the flagship with the rumored Exynos 2200 SoC. It’s unclear how the two SoCs will stack up.

What about Samsung’s other devices? You can also expect the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 to run the Snapdragon 898. The Galaxy S22 FE will exclusively run the Exynos 2200, as will the Galaxy Tab S8 series. As for the Galaxy S21 FE, it will land with the Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888.

Finally, there are some details about Samsung’s mid-rangers, too. The Galaxy A53 and A33 will launch with a Samsung-made chipset, while the Galaxy A73 will reportedly land with the Snapdragon 778G. Samsung has already used this silicon in the Galaxy M52.

Samsung’s 2022 plans are likely well underway, but it’s unclear how the global chipset shortage might scuffer them. According to Canalys and Counterpoint data, the company’s shipments took a sizeable dip in Q3 2021 due to the silicon famine.