Is Samsung Galaxy S23 about to get gaming phone credentials?

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is one of the most anticipated phones of 2023. Its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S22, and its bigger brother, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, were widely regarded as some of the best phones you can buy.

Now, clues suggest that Samsung’s new flagship could be a challenger, not just for best Android phone, but for best gaming phone. The recently released Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could well make its way into new devices, bringing with it a host of gaming references.

The new chipset offers a host of gaming-centric features such as improved ray tracing, faster rendering for improved graphics, and faster overall CPU performance. It marks a new era for Qualcomm’s processing technology, succeeding the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 that preceded it.

“But wait,” I hear you cry, “Samsung hasn’t even been announced as one of the manufacturers using the new chipset.”

True. But that doesn’t mean they won’t. As part of yesterday’s launch event, Samsung announced an official partnership with Snapdragon Pro Series – a series of competitive esports tournaments hosted by Snapdragon.

In their ad Tweeter (opens in a new tab)Snapdragon said, “ICYMI, [Samsung] is now the official Presenting Partner of the Snapdragon Pro series. There’s no better combination than Snapdragon Elite Gaming and Samsung’s flagship smartphones and we’re excited for you to experience it.”

It was later retweeted by Samsung, who said, “Get ready to play on a whole new level.”

Now this strength just be Samsung continuing its affiliation with esports. But it doesn’t feel like that. It seems much more important.

Speculation is already flying online too. leak respected, ice universe (opens in a new tab), shared a Geekbench score for a European variant of the Samsung Galaxy S23, which shows it using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This is a big deal, as the Exynos chipset used in the EU market was previously riddled with issues. . And, not only does this get the new chipset, Ice mentions that it’s a high-frequency version that will be exclusive to Samsung.

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