Samsung Galaxy S23: Geekbench listing seemingly confirms a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for European models
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. (Source: OW_Icicle)
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. (Source: OW_Icicle)

For the first time in years, it seems European and Global owners of Samsung’s next-gen flagship will get the same hardware as markets like North America, with a Samsung Galaxy S23 model now appearing on Geekbench bearing a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and a model number that denotes it as a European model.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 series is scheduled to debut next year. Prior generations have received flak for a lack of parity between Exynos and Snapdragon models but it now seems certain that such qualms may well not exist with the Galaxy S23 lineup.

Previous reports already indicated that the Galaxy S23 series would land exclusively with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and new information leans into that, too. Following Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has now appeared onboard a device that looks to be a Samsung Galaxy S23 series phone. The phone in question bears the model number SM-S918B, indicating it’s a Global/European model of the S23 series. The European Galaxy S22 Ultra, for example, is designated as SM-S908B.

The Geekbench listing itself showcases the phone with 8 GB of RAM and Android 13. Interestingly, the Cortex-X3 prime core is listed with a clock speed of 3.36 GHz—quite a bit higher than the 3.2 GHz Qualcomm advertises the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with. The abnormally high frequency of that core could be exclusive to the Galaxy S23 series or, more likely, just for the prototype. 

Performance-wise, the Galaxy S23 earns a single-core score of 1504 and a multi-core score of 4580. Comparatively, the A16 Bionic on the iPhone 14 Pro models record median scores of 1882 and 5533 on those two tests respectively. Those figures represent a 20% advantage for the A16 Bionic on the CPU side of things.  

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Ricci Rox, 2022-11-16 (Update: 2022-11-16)