Every year, smartphone manufacturers captivate their users by launching increasingly sophisticated and efficient processors than before. All major brands, including Apple, Google, Samsung, etc., are renown for capturing their users' attention a year before the launch of their advanced products and services. 

This trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2023 Reflecting on the previous year 2022, we saw a huge leap in mobile processors. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was all the rage in the industry. The processing speed, power, and multitasking capabilities of this processor were amazing. Almost every user (including us) was blown away by the exceptional output of this processor. 

And that’s just one example! There are many other examples in the last year alone that make us believe that smartphones this year will be no less than power monsters. We have listed some of the top processors expected to enter the smartphone industry in 2023. Let’s take a look! 

Apple A17 Bionic

Try searching for "top mobile processors in 2023". You’ll see the iconic Apple A16 Bionic at the top. Even though this fascinating SoC was launched at the end of 2022, it still occupies the top rank in terms of efficiency, power, and battery consumption. 

That’s not all! Apple consistently strives for excellence. Just before any competitor tries to launch a warrior in the processing arena, the brand comes ahead with an even better processor. Proving that Apple is still "unbeatable" in the tech industry! 

Keeping the history of the brand in consideration, we can expect that the brand will launch a successor to its last-year SoC in 2023, i.e., "A17 Bionic." For instance, in 2022, the revolutionary Apple iPhone 14 series was launched. Only the Apple iPhone 14 Pro had the A16 chip, while the other smartphones in the series were still operating the "Apple A15" chip. We can expect that this will continue in the coming   year too. 

This means that the "A16 bionic," which will still be the #1 smartphone processor in 2023, will be embedded within the other smartphone models of the series. So, the power, efficiency, and performance of the Apple iPhone mobile generation will be off the charts. 

Enhanced GPU Performance

The GPU is one of the areas where mobile processors really give each other extremely tough competition. With the A-series chip, Apple has been increasing its GPU performance by 20% with each model. 

It is rumoured that Apple wanted to transform a major GPU architecture in its A16 bionic, but due to multiple time constraints, it couldn’t be done. If any of this is true, it is extremely likely that the planned GPU enhancement will be launched with the "A17 Bionic" chip. Some evidence lies in the fact that Apple hasn’t updated its "Metal Feature Set Tablets for Developers" to include the A16, which can point towards the upcoming major developer changes. 

Apple has already launched its Macbook Pro (2023), which is no less than an energy beast. From serious gaming to high-end programming, these devices excel across the board. Consequently, it is conclusive that the graphics and performance of 3D gaming can also be improved with the A17 bionic chip. 

The ball remains in Apple’s court. We cannot know anything for sure, as there has been no official news from Apple about its latest smartphone processor. Nonetheless we can always take hints from subtle cues! 

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Apple or Google are not the only ones to release regular upgrades in the tech industry. Qualcomm has also made its mark in the smartphone industry by completely revamping the user experience in recent mobile generations. 

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was released in November 2022. Since then, this mobile processor has pretty much taken over the Android smartphone industry. Every new release and flagship smartphone has these state-of-the-art processors to enable seamless functionality. 

By far, there has been no news from the manufacturer about the release of its next processor line. But it is not wrong to assume that we will be seeing the Gen 3 Snapdragon 8 in November or December 2023. 

3 nm chip with 80% yield 

When it comes to specifications and features, there is limited information available regarding to expect from this next-generation mobile processor. However, one thing is for sure: The next chip will be based on the 3nm process. 

Samsung is one of the pioneers in achieving the 3nm process. The brand was the first to develop smartphone chips of this size. But there was great controversy around that accomplishment. 

Initially, while being the smallest SoCs in the tech industry (3nm), the yield was only 20% per wafer. And we all know Qualcomm! It strips different pieces of innovation together to create the ultimate ground breaker. In this case, the brand has contacted some Taiwanese manufacturers to increase the yield to at least 80%. 

Snapdragon Satellite 

At CES 2023, Qualcomm announced that their chip will support "Snapdragon Satellite." A feature aimed at enabling emergency communications in cases where mobile signals or Wi-Fi connectivity are not available. 

Satellite communication doesn’t only enable two-way calling. In fact, it can also facilitate messaging and chatting when mobile signals are not reachable. This feature was already added to the Gen 2 and is incorporated in some of the most recent headsets. As a result, we can totally see the "Snapdragon Satellite" being incorporated in the Gen 3 chip as well. 

We can also evidence "satellite communication" being positioned as the standard of inter-communication in modern mobile generations. One major evidence of this transition is the release of the latest Snapdragon X75 5G modem, confirmed by Qualcomm in February 2023. 

As per the brand, the X75 is the world’s first 5G advanced-ready modem-RF system. In simpler words, the modern design and manufacture of this network router can result in substantial cost reduction and power savings. 

Additionally, the X75 can also enhance the AI (Artificial Intelligence) speed by 2.5x. As compared to dual-sim active 5G data connections, the X75 can singularly handle the fastest internet speeds, using both frequencies at an optimal level. 

MediaTek Dimensity 9300

The MediaTek Dimensity 9200 changed the game for Dimensity mobile processors in 2022. There were still some drawbacks to this chip, i.e., the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was manufactured on a 4nm process, while the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 was built on a 6nm process. 

Similarly, the Snapdragon 8 Gen was capable of delivering up to 32 TOPS (trillion operations per second), while the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 only had the capacity to deliver 16 TOPS. Due to these factors, the Dimensity 9200 couldn’t compete well with the Snapdragon’s mobile processor. 

In 2023, MediaTek will launch a full-fledged competitor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 that will fight edge-over-edge in all aspects. While we lack official information on the specifications and features of the Dimensity 9300 chip, we can anticipate some significant strides from the company this year. 

The ideal use of this chip will be in premium 5G phones. Some sources suggest that this processor will be based on the architecture of an octa-core CPU, offering powerful video processing, gaming enhancements, and much more to its users. 

Not only this, but this mobile processor is also assumed to be highly power efficient, i.e., the battery consumption on this device is much better than the predecessors of the Dimensity 9000. When it comes to output, we are only expecting the "very best" from this processor. 

Partnership with Vivo

Insider hints and tips are always around to give us an insight into what’s cooking. Fortunately, we have managed to gather some intriguing titbits from our confidential sources. If the leak is to be believed, MediaTek has partnered with the famous Chinese manufacturer, i.e., Vivo, to develop the revolutionary Dimensity 9300 mobile processor. 

It is not uncommon or new in the tech industry to partner with different industries to bring something magnificent and fabulous to the users. And if this work arrangement goes well, both of the brands, i.e., Vivo and MediaTek, will reach new heights of success. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait evidence this amazing transition in the tech industry. 

Bottom Line

The evolution of technology never stops, especially in the world of mobile processors. In recent years, we've seen significant advancements in processor architecture, from single-core processors to octa-core threads and hybrid designs. As we look ahead to the mobile generations of 2023, we can expect to see even more progress. Some of the most highly anticipated processors include Apple's A17, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, and the MediaTek Dimensity 9300. 

These cutting-edge processors have the potential to revolutionise the smartphone industry once again. If our assumptions about their capabilities and performance prove to be true, we could see significant improvements in areas such as battery life, processing speed, and overall device performance. As a result, the mobile devices we use on a daily basis could become even more powerful, versatile, and indispensable tools for work, play, and communication.