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Samsung's 2026 flagship could be powered by a 'Dream Chip' with an in-house GPU

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Samsung is currently gearing up to launch its foldables, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and the Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is speculated to take place at the Unpacked Event on July 10. Various rumors have already popped up online showing off both devices' colors and suggesting that Samsung may opt for a twin-chip strategy for its upcoming foldables.

However, a new tip on X (formerly Twitter) from reliable tipster Roland Quandt suggests that Samsung may power its 2026 flagships with an in-house GPU. The company's 2025 flagships, i.e., the Galaxy S25 series, will continue to use the Exynos chipset, specifically the Exynos 2500 (S5E9955), featuring an AMD GPU. Here's what the post reads:

Umm... so there's S5E9945 right? (Exynos 2400)
And then there's S5E9955, which follows after that.
Exynos 2400 has an AMD GPU. The follow-up will have AMD GPU, too, it seems.

After that, in 2026, Samsung seems to aim for the release of a next-gen flagship SoC feat it's own GPU.

Samsung's Xclipse GPU, built in collaboration with AMD, powers the existing Exynos 2200 and Exynos 2400. But in 2026, Samsung may take a new step in its GPU strategy and may ship the 2026 flagships with its own GPU. Samsung is rumored to be developing a custom graphics processing unit tailored specially for the Galaxy flagship devices after the decent success of the Exynos 2400 SoC.

As the tipster has coined 2026 for the release date of Samsung's own GPU, it remains to be seen if Exynos will continue to power Samsung flagships or if Samsung may re-brand Exynos as a Galaxy-exclusive chipset.

Samsung's Galaxy S25 series that will launch next year will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for Galaxy and Exynos 2500, which will be developed on a 3nm process. Later in 2026, Samsung will debut the Galaxy S26 series, and markets like the US and Canada may most likely get the Snapdragon-powered devices, while Europe, Asia, and Africa may get Samsung's chip powered by the in-house GPU.

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