The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which Samsung and Qualcomm upgraded with higher CPU and GPU frequencies, helps make the Galaxy S23 potentially the finest Android smartphone for mobile gaming yet.
The Galaxy S23 series is nearly twice as powerful in 3D applications as the Galaxy S22 series with the Exynos 2200 processor, according to an early 3D benchmark. But obviously, the higher frequencies and additional power need proper cooling.
We haven’t seen a Galaxy S23 taken apart just yet, but some preliminary sketches have made their way, demonstrating that the Galaxy S23 indeed offer superior cooling versus its 2022 predecessors. With the Galaxy S23, Samsung increased the size of the vapor chambers.
When it comes to dispersing heat, a vapor chamber on a flat surface can do a better job than conventional copper heat pipes. The liquid is contained within vapor chambers, where it evaporates to form a gas and then condenses on surfaces that are optimized for the removal of heat.
This year, there are no Exynos versions of the Galaxy S23 series to worry about, as the entire lineup runs on the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset in all markets. But don’t expect a regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC here. This 2023 flagship phone from Samsung is equipped with a special overclocked edition.
The chipset has a primary CPU core that is overclocked to 3.36GHz from 3.2GHz, and an Adreno 740 GPU that is overclocked to 719MHz from 680MHz. In addition, the new phones utilize LPDDR5X RAM, which has speeds of 8.5Gbps compared to LPDDR5’s 6.4Gbps, and quicker UFS 4.0 storage.
These schematics suggest that the Galaxy S23’s larger vapor chambers aid in the flow of heat away from the SoC, which is necessary given the device’s increased processing power. It remains to be seen how effective this cooling method is, but we can safely assume that Samsung is looking to apologize for last year’s GOS scandal with the S23 and has so avoided taking any unnecessary risks.
To determine whether or not the vapor chambers are larger, we may need to wait for the initial disassemblies to be performed.
The newer, faster RAM, LPDDR5X, operates at 8.5Gbps, a significant increase from the non-X version’s 6.4Gbps. While the speedier UFS 4.0 storage is helpful, the Galaxy S23’s 128GB of storage relies on the slower UFS 3.1. The latest storage chips are included in the 256GB variant and up.