Galaxy Note 10 U.S. Version to Reportedly Use the Snapdragon 855 and Not the More Powerful Snapdragon 855 Plus
In a rare move, Qualcomm announced that it has refreshed its flagship chipset mid-cycle yesterday and the phones carrying the beefed-up Snapdragon 855 Plus are expected in the second half of the year. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which will be announced next month on August 7, would have been an ideal candidate for the new chipset but sources say that the U.S-bound model of the phone will be fueled by the regular Snapdragon 855 sadly.
European Galaxy Note 10 Models to Reportedly Use Samsung’s Powerful and Efficient Exynos 9825
The Note series phones are Samsung’s second flagship for the year, and when compared to the premium S line of handsets, they come with the S Pen stylus, and a bigger battery and more memory. This year, Samsung could have differentiated the phones even more by replacing the Snapdragon 855 with the Snapdragon 855 Plus, which has an overclocked CPU and GPU. Apparently, that’s not going to happen, according to a report from WinFuture.
However, the chip would have still boosted tasks related to AI, AR, and VR. The Snapdragon 855 Plus could have given the Galaxy Note 10 an edge over other phones and if this report is indeed true, the phone will seem like a less attractive proposition in front of devices from Xiaomi, ASUS, Razor, and other vendors who will most likely go for the new chipset.
The non-U.S. variant of the Galaxy Note 10, on the other hand, is expected to come with the new 7nm EUV Exynos 9825 silicon, instead of the 8nm Exynos 9820 that underpins the Galaxy S10 phones. This means that the European Note 10 models will be slightly faster than their U.S.-based counterparts, although we doubt that users will witness the real-world differences between the two variants. Of course, fire up some synthetic benchmarks, and more transparency will take place in terms of those performance differences.
Since the report doesn’t mention a source, we advise you to take it with a hefty dose of skepticism and wait for the official Galaxy Note 10 announcement. We still believe Samsung will be working closely with Qualcomm to optimize whatever Snapdragon SoC is found in both Note 10 variants, and the additional updates we come across; our readers will be notified in a timely manner, so stay tuned.