All Galaxy Note 10 models except Verizon's may use Exynos chips

All Galaxy Note 10 models except Verizon's may use Exynos chips
UPDATE: False alarm, folks! After speaking to other people familiar with the matter, Evan Blass has determined that the Galaxy Note 10 series will, in fact, stick with the Snapdragon 855 in the US after all. Therefore, the Exynos 9825 will be reserved for international markets as previously suspected.

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Since the launch of the Galaxy S8 back in April 2017, Samsung has used two chip suppliers for its flagship devices. All units destined for international markets such as Europe and Latin America benefited from the company's own Exynos line of processors. Those set to be sold in the US and China, on the other hand, stuck with Qualcomm's Snapdragon series.

This strategy continued into this year with the release of the Galaxy S10 series and the expectation was that it'd also be carried over to the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. But according to serial leaker Evan Blass, Samsung instead has a rather dramatic change planned.

Snapdragon for Verizon and Exynos for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile


Per the information provided today, only Galaxy Note 10 units destined for Verizon will ship with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 on the inside. To clarify, that's the standard version that's currently found inside the Galaxy S10 lineup, not the Plus alternative that was announced a few weeks ago and previous rumored to make the cut. As for the Galaxy Note 10 models set to be sold through AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, it seems they will arrive powered by Samsung's new Exynos 9825 that'll also be present in international units.

Although it's unclear at this stage if there'll be a noticeable difference between the Exynos and Snapdragon chips when it comes to performance, Samsung's new offering should improve upon things dramatically with respect to the Galaxy S10's Exynos 9820. That's because the next-gen Exynos 9825 is built upon the 7-nanometer manufacturing process rather than the 8-nanometer alternative. This will result in extra power and a higher level of efficiency, the latter of which should translate into better battery life.

Samsung's US chip supply shake up is yet to be made official, hence why the reason for this change is currently unknown. Nevertheless, it could potentially have something to do with recent profit and revenue drops and ultimately be an attempt on Samsung's part to improve the current situation within the company. In regards to why only Verizon models looks set to include Snapdragon chips, this likely has something to do with network compatibility.

Everything else inside and outside should be the same


Despite the different processors, all Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ models are expected to be identical in every other way regardless of the carrier. This means consumers can expect to find a minimum of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. If, however, this isn't enough, other variants with up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage are rumored.

Externally, the standard and Plus-sized Galaxy Note 10 models will boasts 6.3-inch and 6.7-inch variations of the same Infinity-O display respectively. This AMOLED panel is characterised by curved edges on either side, extremely thin bezels, and a small punch hole in the middle that houses a 10-megapixel selfie camera. Regarding the rear design, the Note 10 ditches the Note 9's horizontal setup in favor of a new vertical layout which houses three cameras. But as a bonus for the Note 10+, a fourth Time-of-Flight sensor is also present.

Completing the package on both Galaxy Note 10 devices should be Android 9 Pie and One UI straight out of the box. Both smartphones will support 4G LTE networks and include an updated S Pen which introduces features such as Air Gestures. As for the batteries, the smaller model reportedly packs a 3,600mAh cell and 25W fast charging support while the bigger version opts for a 4,300mAh alternative and faster 45W charging.

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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
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

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37 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Bad choice

2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Lets hope this is some out of season April fools joke.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

What makes it a bad choice? The Exynos 9825 is made with 7nm EUV and much more energy conservative. Performance wise the gap with the SD855 isn't big. The newer Exynos modems support a wide variety of bands, LTE, GSM and CDMA nowadays. The question is why the exception on Verizon?

11. User123456789

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

1 - mali is weaker gpu 2 - exynos version comes with Isocell instead of Exmor. You can notice difference in quality , higher on the combo Snapdragon/Exmor.

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2487; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It should be noted that Mali used to be a very weak GPU but ever since the G76 they've actually dramatically improved their game. The G76 is within 2 fps of the Adreno 640 in testing. And I've seen the sustained performance is comparable as well. Huawei uses Mali in their Kirin processors and people seem to be ok with them. The Exynos 9820 actually showed a dramatic improvement over the 855 in single core performance as well. And that was with it being based on an 8nm process. With the 7nm process they may be able to clock it even higher showing even more of an improvement. I can't speak to camera quality though.

34. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

What crap! Exynos 9820 sucks in comparison to SD855. Ever heard of Gary Explains channel on YouTube or Anandtech? Both show how Exynos simply fails in front on Snapdragon and is in tatters when it's about GPU. Dr. Phil, you stick to doing your job. You suck at tech

26. DeanMachine

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Why can't exynos have a exmor sensor?

14. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Why Verizon begs the question. All that I can think of is that Qualcomm was the supplier of the CDMA tech that VZW and Sprint built their biz on. I may be wrong, but that's what my feeble memory is saying.

28. Krazyass69

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

It's the GPU that we're concern about considering that qualcomm's adreno is 3 generations ahead of Arm's Mali which the latest G76 only has about 376 GFLOPS while adreno 640 currently has already achieved a nearly 1 teraflops which breached the console gaming status

32. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The Mali G76-MP12 that Samsung uses with the Exynos 9820 does around 780 GFLOPS and is more than capable of playing most games at 60fps with ease. There isn't much to be concerned about there. Yes the Adreno 640 is a little more capable still, but it's not that big a difference as it once was and certainly not something that should put you off getting the Exynos version of a Note 10.

35. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

LOL, watch gaming comparisons, tests, speedtests and Anandtech analysis kiddo. Difference is like day and night.

37. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It actually isn't and that's from Anandtech's analysis. Besides benchmarks don't say anything about real life performance and both manage to sustain 60fps while gaming without a problem. The Adreno is more energy efficient, but that shouldn't be a surprise given its Qualcomm area of expertise and the design is aimed at a wider array for calculation at lower speed and thus less energy consumption.

8. torr310

Posts: 1696; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

it's understandable, because Samsung would not give their business to their chip competitor - TSMC.

3. LawnBoy

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Sucks to be Verizon

5. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, it's terrible to get the better performing model.

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Is it though? There's hardly anything known about the Exynos 9825 in real life situations. Where the 9820 fell behind, the 7nm EUV 9825 might make up the difference.

19. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Crazy thing about this is that there is probably not a soul on this board who could identify the difference between at QC and Sammy socal based Note 10 in a blind test.

31. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Exactly. It will make absolutely no noticeable difference to 99.9% of users even if they used the 9820. Performance is so good these days improvements are negligible.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1660; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If this is true... typical Verizon being hard to play with *eyeroll*

9. phoneguynh

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 31, 2018

Must be because of 5G

10. Blazers

Posts: 764; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This is bad news for emulator fans. Most all are optimized for snapdragon, not exynos..... especially Wii and PS2 emulators.

12. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I see no issue here. The only reason why the S10 Exynos was worse than the Snapdragon was the 8nm process which has now been aligned to 7nm.

36. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Last year both Exynos and Snapdragon were on 10nm. Why was then Exynos worse than Snapdragon? Because Exynos sucks at fundamental design

13. oldskool50 unregistered

Wow! Nice move. And yes Samsung modems won't work well on VZW. The S6 were all Exynos models and the VZW model would run hotter, because the modem was working harder to preform the task on their network. It also cause more battery drain too. So I am sure its for compatibility. Even though Sprint, VZW and China all.use CDMA, they aren't using the same version. That sucks because that means Xfinity Moble which I also have an account with, will also be using the SD855 because they as a MVNO uses the backside of VZW's network.

17. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I call false on that because I had the S6 on Sprint and I had big heating issues and battery drain. I feel like that year, android phones were just a mess of issues

22. Knownhost

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

That's the year of the crippled sd810. It's the last year that the iPhone was the better choice as well.

16. ijuanp03

Posts: 654; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I'm fine with Exynos as it has always been the processor here in Asia. What I don't like is the compatibility with Gcam ports since developers focus on Snapdragon devices. This might not be the case soon if Samsung US will eventually use Exynos.

18. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Nice move Samsung for profit margin. Just use your inferior Exynos. Its still sadden me that in Galaxy groups they always had a problem with their Exynos.

20. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Wasn't their a patent issue that forced Q/C chips in Samsung phones over the years? If that was the case, then what happened to the patent issue?

21. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Qualcomm allowed Samsung to have CDMA licenses, so that Samsung could include CDMA support on their modems, which it initially didn't have.

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