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Rumor: Galaxy Note 20’s Exynos 990 SoC has been heavily optimized


Last updated: July 28th, 2020 at 20:17 UTC+02:00

Not every Exynos 990 chipset is the same, according to a new bit of information passed along on Twitter, claiming that the Exynos 990 silicon we’ll find in the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series for the international market is not quite the same as the Exynos 990 that beats at the heart of the Galaxy S20 lineup in some markets.

Specifically, the rumor suggests that Samsung had optimized the Exynos 990 SoC specifically for the Galaxy Note 20 lineup to the point where it has better thermals compared to the Snapdragon 865+, all the while delivering the same level of performance. It’s like an Exynos 990+ but without the branding, claims the source.

Galaxy Note 20’s Exynos 990 SoC to be a non-issue?

The disparity between Samsung’s Exynos 990 solution and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 SoC was very much highlighted by the Galaxy S20 lineup. It led to shareholders questioning the company’s decision to stick to the Exynos silicon, and it made fans of the brand expect improvements through the Exynos 990+ chipset that never came to be.

The latest rumor indicates that even if the Exynos 990+ doesn’t exist, Samsung made sure that the existing Exynos 990 SoC will perform to the best of its abilities under the hood of the Galaxy Note 20 lineup. Exactly how this would translate in the real world remains to be seen, assuming of course that the rumor is correct and the Exynos 990 inside the Galaxy Note 20 has been treated with more care by Samsung in order to level the playing field between it and the Snapdragon 865+.

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