Galaxy Fold won’t come with an Exynos CPU in Asia or Europe

A benchmark surfaced last week confirming that, like the North American model, the International variant of the Galaxy Fold wouldn’t bundle a Samsung-made Exynos CPU, and now we have even more evidence supporting that claim in the form of a reference to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 — the CPU on the North American version of the Galaxy S10 — in the handset’s firmware.

The folks at XDA-Developers conducted a thorough analysis of the combination firmware for the International model of the Galaxy Fold (SM-F900F) and uncovered a reference to SM8150 — the internal model name for the Snapdragon 855. Intrigued by the discovery, they then attempted to track down a slither of code pertaining to the Exynos 9820, but were unable to do so.

This claim is further corroborated by a revelation we made back in January, when we learned that the Galaxy Fold will be available in two core models: one with LTE and one with 5G, as the Snapdragon 855 supports the latter. To be clear, though, the information we received states that the 5G model will hit the shelves in South Korea — there’s no word on whether it will launch elsewhere.

It’s slower than the Galaxy S10+ on paper

In a recent benchmark test, the Galaxy Fold racked up a score of 3418 in the single- and 9703 in the multi-core test. The Snapdragon model of the Galaxy S10+, for comparison, came in with 4258 in the single- and 10,099 in the multi-core, meaning it’s a lot faster than the Fold — on paper, at least. But that could be because Samsung’s first foldable was running unoptimized pre-release firmware.

  • Model: SM-F900F
  • Dimensions: Folded: 160.9 x 62.8 x 17.1 mm
    Unfolded: 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm
  • Display: 7.3 inch / 185.42 mm Dynamic AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855
  • Camera: 16MP
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