Samsung delivered the worst Exynos flagship in recent times (Opinion)

Written by Danny D.

Exynos sucks, Snapdragon rules. That’s pretty much been the theme these last couple of years when it comes to the Exynos vs Snapdragon debate on Samsung’s flagship phones.

While last year’s Exynos 2100 that powered the Galaxy S21 series was pretty good, Samsung did enough damage with the Galaxy S20’s Exynos 990 that the “Exynos chips suck” mentality is going to stick around for some time, just how Samsung still hasn’t completely gotten rid of the stigma of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.

And, based on my experience with the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s Exynos variant, well, I’m not sure Samsung’s in-house chips are going to get in the good graces of customers anytime soon.

I recently switched to the Galaxy S22 Ultra from the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to check out its cameras. As expected, the cameras are a huge upgrade over the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but the phone’s performance has left me extremely frustrated.

My S22 Ultra slows down from time to time, even after installing all the updates Samsung has released since launch, an issue faced by many others according to reports on forums and such. And today, the phone decided to freeze completely when I got a call – I had to use the volume and power button combo to reset it, and that’s something that has never happened to me in nearly a decade of using Samsung’s flagship phones!

As a longtime Samsung fan, it’s downright embarrassing to see how the company continues to fail in fixing problems with Galaxy devices powered by its in-house chipset. Did Samsung even perform any kind of stress test or real-world testing of the Galaxy S22 series before it decided to bring it to market? From the experience I and other owners of the Exynos-powered Galaxy S22 models are having, it seems the answer is no.

And, unless Samsung can fix this buggy Exynos model, I can’t advise anyone to buy the Galaxy S22 series in Europe, which is the only continent where Samsung seems to have used the Exynos 2200. These are lame issues for a flagship in 2022, and Samsung must get a handle on things soon or risk ruining the already-not-so-stellar reputation of the Exynos brand forever.

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