SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Galaxy Note 20, Fold 2, and Zodiac projects revealed by kernel code


Last updated: March 19th, 2020 at 19:21 UTC+02:00

Samsung recently released the kernel sources for the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. Aside from helping third-party developers in creating new tools for Samsung’s latest flagships, the kernel code also seems to contain clues regarding a few of the company’s upcoming creations, according to XDA-Developers. This includes the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Fold 2, and a third unknown device referred to as Project Zodiac.

To be clear, none of these devices are mentioned outright, but rather, the kernel code makes references to codenames including Project XYZ (the Galaxy S20 series); Project Canvas, which could be the Galaxy Note 20; and Project Winner 2, which we believe to be the Galaxy Fold 2, as discovered by our colleagues at GalaxyClub a couple of months ago.

No evidence of an Exynos chipset yet

Unsurprisingly, Project Canvas and Project Winner 2 will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset, according to the kernel code. No clues are hinting at an Exynos alternative, but this doesn’t mean that there won’t be one, at least as far as the Galaxy Note 20 is concerned. Even as shareholders question Samsung’s decision to continue to rely on its in-house high-end chipset solution, the company will likely want to keep supporting its System LSI division by adopting Qualcomm’s chipset in some markets, and the Exynos silicon in others.

Interestingly, there are other references to a third, mysterious device codenamed Zodiac. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 855 and it appears to be destined only for the Chinese market.

Meanwhile, other config files found within the kernel code indicate that the Snapdragon 865-powered Project Canvas/Galaxy Note 20 is headed for the US market, while Project Winner 2/Galaxy Fold 2 is going to be released in Europe. Evidently, both the Galaxy Note 20 and the true sequel to the Galaxy Fold will be released in many other regions, but this is what the kernel sources have revealed thus far.

We’re roughly half a year away from the next Unpacked event where the Galaxy Note 20 and Fold 2 should be unveiled – assuming that the coronavirus pandemic won’t change all that – so there’s still a lot to be uncovered until then. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to speed.

Phone Galaxy Fold 2Galaxy Note 20Galaxy S20
Load 3 comments

You might also like

[List] Which Galaxy devices have received Android 12 and One UI 4?

Samsung started beta testing Android 12 and One UI 4.0 almost four moths ago, before bringing the official sta …

  • By Abhijeet M.
  • 15 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is America’s favorite smartphone in 202 …

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most beloved smartphone among mobile phone users in the United States, says a new …

  • By Mihai M.
  • 2 days ago

May 2022 security update rolling out to Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 FE 5G i …

Last week, Samsung released the May 2022 security update to the Galaxy S20 lineup in non-US markets. Now, the …

  • By Asif S.
  • 7 days ago

Galaxy S20 LTE series gets May 2022 security patch days after 5G model …

We said it shouldn’t take long for the Galaxy S20 LTE to receive the May 2022 security patch, and it did …

  • By Mihai M.
  • 1 week ago

Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra update brings May 2022 security p …

Last week, Samsung had released the May 2022 security update to the Galaxy Note 20 series in the US. Now, the …

  • By Asif S.
  • 1 week ago

These excellent camera features from Galaxy S22 are coming to older fl …

With the launch of the Galaxy S22, Samsung introduced a lot of camera-centric features. Now, the company has a …

  • By Asif S.
  • 2 weeks ago