Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra should be quite fast in the US, as they are expected to ship with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus chip. But the picture doesn’t look so rosy in other parts of the world.
Leaker Ice Universe has issued a tweet signaling that Samsung will continue with the Exynos 990 processor in the Galaxy Note 20 series outside the US and fellow physician Max Weinbach has gone on to say that “Exynos will be used in the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. ”
So why is that bad news? The Exynos 990 chip, which was found inside the Samsung Galaxy S20, proved to be slower in side-by-side comparison testing compared to the previous Snapdragon 865 processor. Android Central has a good comparison that is worth checking out. In addition, some users have complained that Samsung is speeding up the Exynos 990 to preserve battery life.
Can confirm. I have not found any references to any new chip other than Snapdragon 865+ in the firmware I have on hand. Exynos 990 will be used in Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. https://t.co/AGee7eHv8FJuly 11, 2020
Samsung reportedly has a new 6nm Exynos 992 chip in the works, which would be more efficient, but it doesn’t look like this processor will do that in Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
At the same time, the iPhone 12 is expected to have a blazing new 5nm A14 Bionic chip that will likely boost Apple to have the fastest phone around. In fact, early benchmarks suggest that the A14 Bionic can deliver MacBook Pro-like power. And you can get this processor no matter where you buy the iPhone 12.
Some have urged Samsung to use Snapdragon processors across the board for their flagships, but the company’s trend to use Qualcomm in the US and its own processor in overseas markets doesn’t seem to be ending soon.
The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have lots of other new features to get excited about, from 120Hz LTPO displays and improved camera systems to new features for the S Pen. The new Note 20 phones should also offer larger batteries and possibly even lower prices than their predecessors.
But if you’re looking for pure speed and you’re not in the US, the Galaxy Note 20 may disappoint.