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Galaxy Note 10 won’t have the new Snapdragon 855 Plus under the hood

According to the folks over at WinFuture, the Galaxy Note 10’s Snapdragon variant for markets like the US and China will be powered by the same Snapdragon 855 SoC that powers the Galaxy S10 lineup, not the Snapdragon 855 Plus that Qualcomm unveiled earlier this week. Like so many Galaxy Note 10 rumors and details that have surfaced online, this new bit of information doesn’t come as a big surprise, and there are a couple of reasons for that.

First off, the Snapdragon 855 Plus has only just been made official, so it will be a few months before devices that are powered by the new chip hit the market. The Asus ROG Phone II is set to be the first smartphone with the 855 Plus under the hood, and Qualcomm says other devices powered by the chip will arrive by the end of this year. But with the Galaxy Note 10 expected to go on sale in late August, Samsung probably has mass production of its next flagship underway, and that means the company will have already obtained Snapdragon 855 chips from Qualcomm.

Then there’s the fact that Samsung would want to use the regular Snapdragon 855 chip. The Exynos 9820 that powers the Galaxy S10 lineup lags behind the Snapdragon 855 in both performance and power efficiency, as a result of the 9820 being built on an 8 nm fabrication process while the Snapdragon 855 is built on a 7 nm process. It’s only natural that Samsung will want to equalize things a bit with the Note 10 and the Exynos 9825 processor. The latter is the company’s first 7 nm mobile chipset and will theoretically have at least better efficiency than the Exynos 9820.

Snapdragon 855 Plus is not a major upgrade over the regular 855

It’s also worth noting that the Snapdragon 855 Plus is not a huge upgrade over the regular 855. The Plus iteration is focused on increased GPU performance, with Qualcomm touting a 15% increase over the Snapdragon 855. The CPU clock speed has gone up marginally from 2.84 GHz to 2.96 GHz, and that’s about it. The 855 Plus should be a great fit for something like the Asus ROG Phone, which is all about the gaming experience, but overall, there’s precious little it offers over the already excellent Snapdragon 855.

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siaho
siaho

Long gone are the times where phone makers will slightly delay the normal launch date to put the best specs in the phone. Highly doubt that samsung didn’t know months in advance that the sd855 plus is coming and on what date they can have the needed numbers of it delivered. This can delay the launch with 1-2-3 weeks tho and they will never do that + sd855 is cheaper (double to them as they manufacture s10 line with that chip = big amount ordered = cheaper). I will strongly disagree that it’s not big of a deal, a the… Read more »

siaho
siaho

Also ASUS rog 2 launches tomorrow in China (23rd July) with sd855 plus, so the “no time to use that SOC” is totally not valid.

While the other argument that it will make their own SOC look even worse and this they want to avoid that – this is totally possible.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Thank goodness I am only due for an upgrade when the Note11 comes out because I cannot justify buying a phone that doesn’t have the best SOC for that price.

mtbrown262626
mtbrown262626

Yes but when Note 11 come out you will still be in the same position as a newer SOC will be out

locarno
locarno

It wasn’t possible. Read the article again.

willyboy666
willyboy666

Once upon a time the note line was the most advanced Samsung product…. now it just get the technology from the S-line .
No no no unacceptable

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

I’m so torn. The more we learn about the Note 10, the less compelling it seems. No doubt it’ll be awesome; but how much better than the Note 9?

martindale
martindale

Ha! I’m stuck for any justification to upgrade from my Note 4. No IR blaster, no IR barcode emulator, no swappable battery, no headphone socket, and the screen is bent. I get that it will be more “powerful”, yet strangely it will achieve less!

mtbrown262626
mtbrown262626

The Note models have always been a more advanced that the S models but have always been based on then fact.

bayfisher
bayfisher

That comes as no surprise. The 865 is in the works and surely will be in future devices.