Is Samsung Ditching Snapdragon for Exynos in the Galaxy S25?

According to most earlier rumors, Samsung will apparently use the split chipset strategy for 2025. We’ll get the Exynos 2500 in some regions and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 in others. The Exynos 2400 has a surprisingly positive reception, and we’re waiting for more tests in the summer season to find out whether the heat control and thermals are as good as the Snapdragon chip. However, it’s a very competitive and efficient chipset.

Rumors are that Samsung will ultimately move to the Exynos 2500 for the Galaxy S25 series. A post from OreXDA on X claims that Samsung will only use Exynos for the S25 series. It mentions that Samsung could use only Snapdragon in the Z Fold and Flip lineup, and the A series will use MediaTek and Exynos chipsets.

However, a known leaker with good accuracy (Revegnus) counters it by saying the S25 will also use Snapdragon chipsets. Samsung has a contract with Qualcomm for 8 Gen 4 chips. They’ll mostly continue it since they need good relations with Qualcomm for the Fold series.

Exynos Only

Samsung is reportedly not going to use the name Exynos in the future. The Exynos 2400 is mostly the last Samsung chip that uses this name. Their later models will use a different branding. During this shift in naming, Samsung might actually rebrand Qualcomm’s chips as their own. In such a case, we might get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chip under the hood, but they might call it something else in the marketing. This is only a possibility, however.

new branding

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 might lose its efficiency cores and go all-in on the performance and mid-tier cores. This is similar to the approach of the MediaTek Dimensity 9300. Unfortunately, that chipset has problems with efficiency, and phones that use it don’t have very good battery life. Samsung’s Exynos 2400 already has more efficiency cores than today’s flagship chips.

If Samsung continues using 4 or 2 efficiency cores for the Exynos 2500, it might top the efficiency charts. However, Qualcomm will switch to Oryon cores, which are a lot more efficient with power consumption and overall resource allocation. This might eliminate the need for efficiency cores in the first place. It’s going to be a close battle between these two chips. It’s important to note that Samsung mostly won’t call it “Exynos.” They’ll mostly rebrand that division. The project is internally called “Dream.”

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