The Galaxy S24 might give Samsung's European fans the Exynos shaft again

The back of the green Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
(Image credit: Nicholas Sutrich)

What you need to know

  • A tipster claims that the Galaxy S24 series will include Samsung's in-house Exynos 2400 processor in Europe.
  • The Exynos 2400 is rumored to have a deca-core configuration, with a prime CPU core clocked at 3.19GHz.
  • As a result, Samsung's next flagship series will be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor in non-European countries, including the United States.

It looks like European Samsung fans are about to get the short end of the stick again. The Galaxy S24 could be powered by a Samsung Exynos 2400 processor instead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip, which is what most people prefer.

According to prolific tipster Ice Universe, Samsung might bring back its in-house Exynos chipset for the European market at the very least (via GSMArena). The leaker has also spilled the beans on the specs of the chipset, which will apparently boast a 10-core configuration.

Ice Universe says the prime CPU core's clock speed will max out at 3.19GHz, while the other CPU cores will have clock speeds of 2.9GHz, 2.6GHz, and 1.95GHz. This is consistent with an earlier leak that claimed the main CPU is a Cortex-X4 core, while the duo cluster will consist of Cortex-A720 cores along with three Cortex-A720 and four Cortex-A520 cores.

If this is correct, Samsung's next contender for the top Android phones will mark the return of Exynos. For this year, Samsung highlighted its partnership with Qualcomm with a custom Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. As a result, the Galaxy S23 series uses Qualcomm-built Snapdragon chipsets around the world, which is an unusual move for a company that had sold Exynos-powered flagship phones in almost every region except the U.S. in the past few years.

The South Korean tech giant could be trying to cut costs, but this is a risky move. Exynos processors have been known to be less powerful and efficient than Snapdragon chips. So European fans of the Galaxy S series might be disappointed with the performance of the S24.

We'll have to wait until the Exynos 2400 is officially released to see how it performs in real-world tests. But based on the rumors, it looks like Samsung is cooking up something special.

Update (Sept. 2, 5:10 am ET): This article previously stated that Exynos-powered Samsung phones were sold in global markets except Europe. This has since been corrected. We regret the error.

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  • fuzzylumpkin
    The current rumour is that we will get the Snapdragon in the Ultra, but if it's Exynos, I just won't buy it.
  • Madd62
    I'm going to refuse to buy a UK Lottery ticket if this is true.

    "..... which is an unusual move for a company that had sold Exynos-powered flagship phones in almost every region except Europe* in the past few years."

    * the US ?
  • parksanim
    I I'm living in Seoul and have had the chance to play around a bit more with the s24 and 24+ Exynos phones and can confirm that there is a slight sluggishness in the useage when swiping over to the far left news screen. We can choose Google News, or it comes with a more Korean news from Samsung, if I remember correctly. I didn't see the same hiccup with the 24 Ultra Snapdragon. Seems more smooth. Just being honest.

    This kind of thing reared it's ugly head at the beginning of other Exynos chips and worked itself out after one or two months. Definitely not as bad as prior ex-nose chips at launch, but just there enough that I can see a difference. Grr.

    I do hope for the success of the Samsung chips, but I like to say I'm honest in my assessment. Other tests online related to frame rates and speed have just about been a parody and even showing the Exynos coming out ahead sometimes. But they don't have the fluidity down yet on the main screen.