Performance disparity between international and US models will likely grow with Galaxy Note 20
This has been reported by venerated leaker Ice Universe and backed up by XDA Developers' Max Weinbach who has not stumbled upon any new Samsung chip in the firmware he has.
Can confirm. I have found no references to any new chip other than Snapdragon 865+ in the firmware's I have on hand.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) July 11, 2020
The Exynos 990 will be used in the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. https://t.co/AGee7eHv8F
The Exynos 992 was estimated to be 1 to 3 percent faster than the Snapdragon 865. The silicon was tipped to enter mass production next month and though it's hard to comment on Samsung's supposed plans, a pandemic-fueled disruption might have forced the chaebol to stick with the Exynos 990.
A quick look at the specifications sheet is enough to see why the Snapdragon 865 was a better option than the Exynos 990 for the Galaxy S20. Samsung's chip uses ARM's older Cortex-A76 CPU cores while the Snapdragon 865 is based on Cortex-A77 cores. Qualcomm also went for the Adreno 650 GPU, while Exynos 990 features ARM Mali G77 and it also throttles the GPU sooner.
The Exynos variants of the Galaxy S20 also consumed more power and exhibited autofocus issues. These problems were taken care of with a software update.
And in case you are wondering, in addition to the American model, the Japanese, Chinese, and South Korean versions of the Galaxy Note 20 will seemingly have the Snapdragon 865 Plus under the hood, and the European variants will feature the Exynos 990.
This story is part of:Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Leaks (67 updates)
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