Samsung is expected to release a trio of premium tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab S8 line, with internals designed to compete with Apple’s iPad Pro family, according to a slew of rumors. Unfortunately, the performance of these slates may be hampered, as a source claims that they will all be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 898 SoC.
Samsung may be forced to launch the Galaxy Tab S8 with an all-Snapdragon 898 processor due to Yield Issues
While Ice Universe’s tweet may not explain why all Galaxy Tab S8 models will ship with a Snapdragon 898 processor, it does suggest that this is the case. The Exynos 2200 is having some yield issues, which means that the Galaxy S22 family, which was supposed to launch in a variety of markets with Samsung’s own SoC, may only be available in a few.
Instead, more Snapdragon 898 variants will be available, and those yield issues may play a key role in the Galaxy Tab S8 launching with just one SoC type, according to the latest update from the tipster. There’s no word on whether Samsung will be able to increase production in the coming months, allowing the Exynos 2200 to be used in a limited number of the company’s flagship tablet models. Regrettably, because the Galaxy S22 series is expected to generate more sales, Samsung will undoubtedly prioritize its premium smartphone offerings.
All Snapdragon 898, Not Exynos2200 https://t.co/0mnJ95hNvT— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) August 19, 2021
The Exynos 2200 has impressed many people based on previous performance leaks. It not only outperformed the Snapdragon 898 in terms of performance, but it also outperformed the A14 Bionic in terms of graphics. The addition of AMD’s 6-core RDNA2 GPU may suffice, but if Samsung is unable to produce more of these, it will be leaving a lot of performance on the table when the Galaxy Tab S8 series is released.
Even if the Exynos 2200 used more power in high-performance mode, the larger cells in the Galaxy Tab S8 models would compensate for its power-hungry characteristics. It appears that we will have to wait and see if yields improve before updating our readers, so keep your fingers crossed for more Exynos 2200 variants down the road.