Samsung Galaxy fans will love this major hardware upgrade in 2023

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is coming to Android flagships, likely including the Samsung Galaxy S23 series

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
(Image credit: Qualcomm)

As the year begins to draw to a close, all eyes are looking towards the next-gen flagship handsets for 2023, which will be much lauded by Android fans looking for their best new phone thanks to the arrival of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. And it's suspected that the Samsung Galaxy S23 series is high up the list to receive it.

So what's so exciting about Snapdragon 8 Gen 2? The next-generation processor promises more across the board: better graphics in apps and games, better artificial intelligence (AI) for a more ready-and-waiting response, better sound quality, and even faster connectivity too.

The next flagship Samsung Galaxy is expected to arrive in February 2023, with rumours already pointing towards the top-tier S23 Ultra model looking much more appealing thanks to its 200-megapixel camera (the likes of which we've already seen in the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra). But with the new Qualcomm processor on board it'll be better still, potentially the best phone of the year.  

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

(Image credit: Qualcomm )

It's battle of the processors right now: the Google Pixel 7 Pro uses Google's own Tensor G2; the iPhone 14 Pro Max uses Apple's own A16 Bionic; and the also-just-announced MediaTek Dimensity 9200, which rivals the equivalent Qualcomm 8 Gen 2 chip spec for spec, is likely to appear in flagship Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus handsets.

But it's Samsung that garners the most interest from many Android fans. Having used its own Exynos hardware in many recent S-series releases, it's now expected that outside of Korea the company will adopt Qualcomm's top-spec hardware instead. That's thanks to the firms announcing a multi-year agreement earlier this year.

So what does that mean in the real world and why will Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 make the Galaxy S23 series the ultimate Android phones to watch out for in 2023? There are numerous reasons: the new Adreno GPU brings graphics advantages such as ray-tracing, bringing real-time reflection and shadows effects in future games (Tencent will have the first to arrive in 2023); Wi-Fi 7 support means the fastest download speeds (before Wi-Fi 7 has even been officially ratified as a standard); and there's Dynamic Spatial Audio support for surround-sound goodness straight to your headphones.

Even if the Samsung Galaxy S23 series isn't the first to receive Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (I'd anticipate that'll be Xiaomi in late 2022 in China), it's clearly going to be a fan favourite with plenty going for it. 

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.