Samsung is expected to launch the new Galaxy S24 Series early next year. The smartphone is said to be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 2400 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 3rd generation processors, both of which are produced using a 4-nm process. The Exynos 2400 is to be manufactured at Samsung’s 4-nm facility, while the Snapdragon 8 3rd generation is expected to be produced at TSMC’s 4-nm facility.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 3rd generation chip performance has been recently shard by the reliable tipster Revegnus on X (formerly known as Twitter), the multi-core score of the Snapdragon 8 3rd generation chip for the Galaxy is 7400 points, whereas the previous generation scored 4975 points.
For your information, the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Plus smartphones are said to be powered by Samsung’s MX Business Division chip while the Galaxy S24 Ultra variant will debut with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 3rd generation.
Consequently, Samsung Electronics MX Business Division will compete in the premium smartphone market next year with the Galaxy S24, featuring a 4-nm AP, against Apple’s iPhone 15.
Mobile APs account for approximately 20% of the total smartphone production cost. Advanced process chips, in particular, are more expensive to produce, adding to the cost pressures for smartphone manufacturers.
TSMC’s 3-nm process is estimated to cost US$20,000 per wafer, equivalent to approximately 27 million won, which is over double the cost of the 7-nm process (10 million won per wafer) and a 50% increase from the 5-nm process.
An industry insider commented, “Given that the 3-nm foundry process yield is still lower than the 4-nm, it’s likely that mobile AP manufacturers like Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics didn’t rush to adopt the advanced process.” They added, “From a profitability perspective, the 4-nm process is much more advantageous than the 3-nm.”