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A Samsung Galaxy Note 20 variant with 8GB of RAM and the Exynos 990 SoC pops up on Geekbench

Does the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have an 8GB version after all? (Source: XDA)
Does the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have an 8GB version after all? (Source: XDA)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is slated to launch tomorrow (August 5, 2020); however, that has not stopped the flow of leaks for these premium phablets. One such last-ditch drip points to an 8GB RAM version of one. According to Geekbench 5, it runs on the Exynos 990 processor.
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Samsung is currently projected to have both 4G/LTE and 5G versions of the Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra to unveil at its imminent Galaxy Unpacked event. Furthermore, the OEM may launch these phablets in both Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 flavors. The latter may have attracted more attention in the tech sphere, as it may be the better-performing of the two options.

However, the Exynos variants have also been making themselves known on benchmarking websites recently. The latest of these is the SM-N985F, which based on its model number may be expected to be a Note 20 Ultra SKU on its launch. However, confusingly, it has only 8GB of RAM, whereas this higher-end variant has only been linked to 12GB prior to this.

Therefore, it may be that the N985 is the vanilla Galaxy Note 20, whereas the N986 is the Ultra. In any case, it has been established that the latter has 5G, whereas the former is 4G/LTE only. Nevertheless, this SM-N985F has more or less held its own on Geekbench 5, garnering scores very like those of the SM-N986B, despite the fact this SKU is associated with 12GB of RAM.

Then again, neither has exhibited the ability to get near other putative Note 20 siblings such as the SM-N986N, allegedly powered by the Snapdragon 865 (or 865+, maybe) and destined for select markets that may include Samsung's own native South Korea.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08- 5 (Update: 2020-08- 5)