Samsung unveils the chip that will power the Galaxy Note 10 series in most countries

Samsung unveils the chip that will power the Galaxy Note 10 series in most countries
Just hours before Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 10 line in the U.S., the manufacturer officially introduced the chipset that will power the phones outside of the U.S. The Exynos 9825 SoC is manufactured at Samsung's own fabrication facilities using the 7nm EUV process. Using this process, more transistors fit inside the new chip than the number employed in the 8nm Exynos 9820. This should lead to performance improvements of 20% to 30% while the Exynos 9825 consumes 30% to 50% less power. The EUV stands for extreme-ultraviolet lithography. This is a technology that uses ultraviolet beams to etch silicon in finer details allowing for more precise placement of circuitry inside the chip.

Samsung says that the Exynos 9825, similar to the Exynos 9820 it replaces, is equipped with two Samsung custom CPUs, two Cortex-A75 CPUs for complex tasks and four Cortex-A55 CPUs for less taxing demands. The graphics process unit (GPU) on the chip is the ARM Mali-G76 MP12 (also the same as the one on the Exynos 9820). The A-75 cores and the GPU will run at faster clock speeds than the same components on the Exynos 9820; the faster clock speeds and the use of 7nm EUV helped the newer chip to run faster in tests against its predecessor. The chip will have an integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to help run Artifical Intelligence features for a smartphone camera allowing for the recognition of objects to optimize photographs. It also is used to learn user patterns and help apps pre-load faster. The NPU can also support Augmented Reality capabilities on a handset.

Samsung's Exynos 9825 chipset will be powering the Galaxy Note 10 series outside of the U.S.


The Exynos 9825 also comes with Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.0, which has twice the bandwidth and uses less energy than UFS 2.1. It also can run at higher temperatures, which is important considering all of the demands that are thrown at a smartphone these days. UFS 3.0 has a sequential read speed of almost 2280 MB/sec compared to roughly 800MB/sec with UFS 2.1. As for the modem on the Exynos 9825, it is an integrated 4G LTE-Advanced Pro modem with 8x Carrier Aggregation. The latter combines carriers to form larger data channels in order to increase capacity on a network. It is one of the tools used by wireless providers to increase data speeds. And when paired with Samsung's Exynos 5100 5G modem (which supports both mmW and sub-6GHz 5G airwaves), the Exynos 9825 will support the next generation in wireless connectivity.


The Exynos 9825 supports LPDDR4X memory and 22MP cameras in back and front. It also will work with a dual-camera setup (16MP + 16MP). Video can be shot in 8k at 30fps and 4K UHD video shoots at 150fps. Using a technology known as physically unclonable function (PUF), the chip isolates and secures users' personal data.

Historically, Samsung usually employs the latest Snapdragon Mobile Platform to run the latest Galaxy Note model in the U.S. with the Exynos chipset used just about everywhere else. However, a recent rumor called for all Galaxy Note 10 units (as opposed to the Galaxy Note 10+) in the states to also feature the Exynos 9825 SoC except for Verizon branded models. That rumor turned out not to be true, and all Galaxy Note 10 variants in the U.S. should be equipped with the Snapdragon 855 (+) Mobile Platform. The latter is manufactured by TSMC using its 7nm process.

The last time that a Samsung Galaxy Note phone was sold in the U.S. with an Exynos chip was back in 2015 with the Galaxy Note 5. This was the year that the Snapdragon 810 had problems with overheating and the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5 were both powered with the Exynos 7420 SoC in the states.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh
Galaxy Note 10+
  • Display 6.8" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh

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19 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I already knew Exynos wasn't coming to America

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7443; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wonder why Samsung didn't use their new DDR5 Ram?

5. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Probably save it for S11

7. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Exactly, it's not reasonable to hurry if competition does not push you.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The memory controllers probably don't support LPDDR5 The 2020 Exynos will presembly come with new memory controllers that also support LPDDR5

16. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I don't know about the 9825, but the 855+ doesn't support it. No way they'd give the international versions that kind of advantage even if the 9825 does support it.

10. w1000i

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

It not good, good to be with qualcomm

17. Cat97

Posts: 1931; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Actually it does, all Note 10/10+ sold in the US ,except the Verizon version, will be equipped with Exynos 9825.

2. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I've been eyeing on asus zenfone 6 and rog phone 2 because of sd chip. How about samsung swapping a little bit this year? Sd for asian countries and exynos for the western?

4. berns

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

nice chip, now combine with 5G and everything will be perfect.

9. Sam1ne

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 07, 2019

This looks like it could finally be the Exynos that ends the Snapdragon superiority stigma. Think about it, the 9820 is around 10% off the SD 855 across the board, BUT it is being built on inferior process. This is not only the better process than the 8nm used in the previous version, it is significantly better than the 7nm used for the Snapdragon. By simple logic, it should be a greatly improved chip and up there with the Snapdragon 855 plus.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The 855 was on a superior but immature process Hence the release of the 855+ with significant improvement of 20% higher GPU performance, and probably decently more efficient CPU Now it's reversed, the 855+ on a potentially inferior but more mature process Samsung might close the gap in CPU and GPU but in AI Samsung are very far behind everyone

11. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Exynos is a beast, if only all Samsung devices had Exynos maybe we get updates faster because it doesn't have to be tailored to Snapdragon devices aswell. The chips are powerful enough to run 4k displays so I rather Samsung focus on efficiency plus the more battery efficient UFS 3.0 means the Note 10 should have similar battery to Note 9 which is phone that needs charging every 2-3 days.

12. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Doubt.

20. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Yes, my Note 9 has great battery life, but you must barely use your phone if you're getting 2-3 days out of one charge.

14. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Will Note 10 be able to record unlimited 4K video then?

15. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

This is actualy a good point, considering Samsung is puting this limit even on devices with Snapdragons - just to get the same level of limitation on Exynos and Snapdragon versions as well.

19. Papa_Ji

Posts: 857; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Poor iSheep. Use other video app to record unlimited 4k. You can record unlimited 4k on Note 4. But, i think there is no use/need for such a long 4k video on phone.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1931; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I have a feeling that this will be a great chip, especially regarding power consumption.

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