Early reviews suggest the Galaxy Note 20 series does indeed have an improved Exynos 990 SoC
Many Samsung fans may have been disappointed to learn that the latest in the Galaxy Note lines were getting Exynos-powered SKUs in some markets via pre-launch leaks. However, other reports claimed that this processor – the 990 – had been updated so as to improve performance in these newer devices compared to the Galaxy S20 series with which they share the chipset. Preliminary customer feedback hints this is indeed the case.
The Galaxy Unpacked event confirmed numerous rumors about the Note 10-series successors, including that their access to the Snapdragon 865+ processor rather than the Exynos 990 would be region-dependent, but that the latter would be optimized specifically for these new phablets. A tech correspondent called Chun (or @Boby25846908) now claims to provide evidence that supports this.
This Twitter-based leaker asserts that the Note 20s exhibit a gaming boost of 30 to 40% compared to the older flagship phones. He claims to have confirmed this with other Note 20 owners in Vietnam (one of several markets where Exynos versions are the only option). However, Chun denied that even the new apparent optimizations could make them on par with Snapdragon 865+-powered units.
Nevertheless, it could give some prospective customers less problems with Samsung's de factotwo-tier system in effect at the top end of their mobile device offerings. On the other hand, this is just the first piece of feedback on the subject, and may need further validation in many more reviews for confirmation. On that note, stay tuned for our complete assessment of the Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra.
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