Sketchy report implies Samsung Galaxy S21 (S30) will be a downgrade over the Galaxy Note 20

Sketchy report implies Samsung Galaxy S21 (S30) will be a downgrade over the Galaxy Note 20
The Samsung Galaxy S21 (S30) will stick with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, claims a Chinese outlet.

The publication claims that this decision has been taken to prevent the price of the flagship from ballooning as a recent report indicates that the price of the upcoming Snapdragon 875 will be over 50 percent higher than the Snapdragon 865 which powers the Galaxy S20 series.

The high price of Samsung's latest flagship is reportedly already putting off buyers and a further increase would only make the matters worse. It doesn't help that Apple has steadily been reducing the starting price of its phones and is expected to do the same this year.

Alternatively, Samsung might revise its strategy this year, and equip more of its flagships with the rumored Exynos 1000 processor that will reportedly be thrice as fast as the Snapdragon 865. Until the chip is released and put to test, it's hard to believe that claim, given the performance gap between the Exynos 990 and the Snapdragon 865.

According to a new report, the Snapdragon 875 price will actually not be a substantial increase over the Snapdragon 865. And even if Qualcomm does hike the price, it wouldn't make sense for Samsung to not choose the rumored Snapdragon 865 Plus, which is expected to power the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Fold 2, and Galaxy Z Flip 5G.

Thus, we are quite confident that Samsung wouldn't be retaining the Snapdragon 865 for the Galaxy S21 (S30).

What does seem probable though is that the scaled-back version of the phone will be powered by the chip. The company has already launched a light version of the Galaxy S10 and it's expected to do the same for the Galaxy S20. And interestingly enough, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 5G /Galaxy S20 Lite 5G is tipped to come with the Snapdragon 865, which gives us all the more reason to believe that the Galaxy S21 (S30) would not use an aged silicon.

And if anything, the Galaxy S21 (S30) is reportedly going to be a massive upgrade over the Galaxy S20, boasting an even more impressive camera setup and possibly an under-display selfie camera.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 20
  • Display 6.4 inches
    3200 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 108 MP (Quad camera)
    40 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
    12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI


Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless