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In a shock, the Galaxy Note 20 could be stuck with Samsung's underwhelming Exynos 990 SoC

In a shock, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could still ship with Samsung's Exynos 990 outside the US and China. (Image: Samsung)
In a shock, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could still ship with Samsung's Exynos 990 outside the US and China. (Image: Samsung)
In a shock, a possibility has emerged that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra models could continue to be powered by Samsung’s underwhelming Exynos 990 in markets outside the USA and China. XDA’s Max Weinbach and Samsung insider @Universeice have indicated that this could be possible with Winebach confirming he has seen no references in the Samsung’s source code to any Exynos 992 variant making its way into either device.
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In what could be Samsung’s most controversial launch decision ever, it appears that the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra could be lumped with Samsung’s controversial Exynos 990 SoC in markets outside the US and China. Samsung insider @Universeice tweeted ‘Damn, Exynos 990 continues’ with XDA’s Max Weinbach confirming this by indicating he has not seen any references to the rumored Exynos 992 in Samsung’s firmware – the 992 is a rumored die-shrink of the Exynos 990.

Samsung already copped flak for the performance of its in-house Exynos 990 which was outperformed in most departments by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 when they launched side-by-side in Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series earlier this year. However, the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra models look likely to ship with Qualcomm’s even faster Snapdragon 865+ in the US and Chinese markets, which typically get Snapdragon SoCs for Samsung’s flagship devices.

There is, however, an outside chance that the Galaxy Note 20 and Ultra models could instead ship with Snapdragon 865+ SoCs in all markets, which is effectively what fans have been calling for. Even if the Exynos 992 is MIA, it was only likely to bring performance more comparable to the standard Snapdragon 865, not the Plus variant. Undoubtedly, many Samsung fans will now be collectively holding their breath for the next few weeks leading up to the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and Galaxy Fold 2 on August 5.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-07-11 (Update: 2020-07-11)