New report about the chipset on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 might disappoint you

New report about the chipset on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 might disappoint you
A few days ago, Qualcomm introduced a slightly refreshed version of its top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. Named the Snapdragon 855+, the mid-generation upgrade brings the clock speed of the lone Kryo 485 Prime CPU core from 2.84GHz to 2.96 GHz. The 7nm TSMC manufactured chip keeps some of the other specs of the current Snapdragon 855 including the three energy-efficient Kryo 485 Silver CPU cores running at 1.8GHz and four high-performance Kryo 485 Gold CPU cores with a clock speed of 2.42GHz. Also getting a boost is the Adreno 640 GPU, which will have a 15% increase in performance. The Snapdragon 855+ will keep the X24 multi-gigabit 4G LTE modem and X50 5G modem.

When Qualcomm made this announcement yesterday, it said that devices employing the Snapdragon 855+ will be available in the second half of this year. And considering that we are already in that time frame, it was assumed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series would be employing the new chipset to further differentiate it from Sammy's current flagship Galaxy S10 line; after all, the new range will be unveiled on August 7th and could be released a couple of weeks later. But alas, it is not to be. According to WinFuture (via WCCF Tech) the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ will have the older Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform under the hood in the U.S. and the Exynos 9825 SoC just about everywhere else.

As it turns out, the Asus ROG Phone II gaming phone sequel will be the first handset equipped with the new chip. Considering the improvements made to the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform's graphics capabilities, a gaming phone is a perfect choice to debut the Snapdragon 855+. And while the phone is not the focus of this story, we should point out that the display will feature a 120Hz refresh rate matching the Razer Phone 2 and topping the 90Hz rate on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The Samsung Galaxy S11 line will probably be powered by the unannounced Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform


Sticking to the current version of the Snapdragon 855 instead of utilizing the 855+ might be disappointing to a few prospective Galaxy Note 10 buyers in the states, but it is unlikely to cost Samsung any business in the U.S. We expect to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 with 4G LTE connectivity sport a 6.3-inch curved Dynamic AMOLED display with a 1440 x 3040 resolution. That works out to a 19:9 aspect ratio. The base model will be equipped with 256GB of storage, twice the amount that most flagship models are starting with these days. A triple-camera setup will be on the back (12MP with three-stage variable aperture + 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, + 16MP Ultra-wide angle). A 3400mAh battery will keep the lights on. The 256GB model will reportedly be priced at $1,000 while the unit with 512GB of storage will cost $1,150.

The Galaxy Note 10+ and the Galaxy Note 10 5G will both be equipped with a 6.75-inch curved Dynamic AMOLED display. We could see three different storage options (256GB, 512GB, and 1TB) for both models. Besides having the same triple-camera setup as the one you'll find on the back of the Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10 5G will have a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. This will provide improved depth calculations that should result in better bokeh effects on portraits. Because the S Pen housing takes up some room, Samsung had to settle for a 4170mAh battery on these two models. While both will support 45W charging, the manufacturer will include a 25W adapter in the box although it will sell you the faster charger.


The Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10 5G will all have a centered punch-hole selfie snapper in front. This will help reduce the size of the bezels on the Infinity O display. All three will also offer the PowerShare reverse wireless charging feature, IP68 dust, and water resistance, and will be pre-installed with Android 9 Pie along with Samsung's One UI user interface. The latter puts clickable options on the bottom of the screen so that users won't have to dislocate their fingers to reach certain buttons once located at the very top of a smartphone display.

In case you were wondering, it is most likely that next year's Samsung Galaxy S11 series launches in the states with the yet to be announced Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform inside.

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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 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh

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19 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 808; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

821 had no benefits over 820, few decided to pay more for that overclock. I dont like when Qualcomm brings a second 8xx like they did in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 805, 808 and 821 were not necessary.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7184; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Constantly upgrading the SoCs all the time is fine. It's upto OEMs whether they want to implement the latest or not. Qualcomm isn't Apple, where they only make one SoC a year. Qualcomm makes high end SoCs, mid range, and low end SoCs every year, and multiple versions to boot. You only have to look at Qualcomms road map every year to see that they make around 10 or more SoCs. That's why mid range and low end smartphones are good to get every year as well. Especially when all levels of Qualcomms SoCs are updated in all areas, from AI, camera image processing, encoding and decoding, GPU, DSP, cache, and more. To say the Galaxy note 10 will disappoint is stupid to say on Alan's part. Alan clearly likes his clickbait articles.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I miss the rapid upgrading of Snapdragon, Exynos and Kirin SoCs every 6 months It alowed phones released in Q3 to bring SoC improvements over phones released in Q1 It's annoying that the Pixel/Note series are released with SoCs that are almost 1 year old and have to compete with the iPhone/Huawei Mate with brand new SoCs But it's pretty understandable considering how expensive these leading edge processes are now days Also the 805 brought major gains over the 800/801, especially in GPU The 801 was the one where it just brought minor speed and efficiency gains over the 800 The 808 was released at the same time with the 810 The 821 was more efficient than the 820 Google underclocked the 821 to the 820 clocks for extra efficiency gains on the OG Pixels Hopefully they do the same with the Pixel 4

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7184; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The first smartphones to have the SD 855 were the Galaxy S10'S, which was released this year. So not even close to a year old. It's almost 6 months old.

19. foreverNOOB

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

The first smartphones to have the SD 855 was the LENOVO Z5 PRO GT, which was introduced in December 2018 and went on sale in January 2019 not The S10/+.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

As if we didn't already know that this will be the case.

6. magnaroader

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

So the conclusion of this article is that the sky is blue...

8. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

So now the Exynos ones would be lucky it seems.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's assuming the 9825 will catch up to the 855 But I still think it's highly likely Samsung will use the 855+ They've always used the best Qualcomm/Exynos chips (except the 810 for good reason lol)

15. AbhiD

Posts: 719; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

If Samsung has to use the best, they should ditch Exynos for the good now. It's ridiculously bad. Can't believe Exynos has reached this condition

14. AbhiD

Posts: 719; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

How exactly? Exynos upgrade will only be of 8>7nm. That's it. It will be likely more power efficient than earlier but still falters behind in CPU and GPU performance.

10. obedchuni

Posts: 332; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Been using both platforms or say os both are fine. Hope sd 855 plus may prove to be better than 855.

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