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Samsung may sell the Snapdragon 865 Galaxy S11 in more markets

There has always been a debate about the performance difference between Samsung’s Exynos process and its equivalent Qualcomm chip. Samsung has historically used both for different variants of its flagships. Most markets got the Exynos-based flagship while a few got the one with Qualcomm’s processor.

In what might be considered as an abject admission, a new report from South Korea suggests that Samsung is going to sell the Snapdragon-based variant of its next flagship in more markets than ever before. The Snapdragon 865 Galaxy S11 would thus be available to more customers.

Snapdragon 865 Galaxy S11 may be sold in more markets globally

Snapdragon variants have largely been limited to the United States, China, Japan and Latin America. South Korea, Europe and the rest of the world got the Exynos-based variants. That may change with the Galaxy S11.

The Snapdragon 865’s competitor from Samsung is called the Exynos 990. A report from South Korea claims that the “inevitable” decision to offer the Snapdragon variant more widely was made after realizing that the prevailing performance gap between the two hadn’t been closed. It goes on to mention that most regional models of the Galaxy S11 will feature the Snapdragon 865, with the exception of Europe, which will get the Exynos 990.

Citing unnamed officials, the report says that the performance gap between the Snapdragon 865 and the Exynos 990 is “quite large.” That’s also what the specs of both chips suggest on paper. As we pointed out in our Exynos 990 vs Snapdragon 865 comparison, Qualcomm’s chip is using more recent ARM cores once again. Qualcomm is using ARM Cortex-A77 as the high performance core while Samsung opted for two M5 custom cores and two older ARM Cortex-A76 cores.

Numbers alone can only tell us so much about the actual performance. There is a historical precedent to go on, though. The Snapdragon chips have maintained an upper hand over their Exynos rivals in several areas, particularly thermal management and battery efficiency. This may finally have compelled Samsung to make the switch. This would also make sense in light of recent reports that Samsung had laid off the entire CPU dev team at its R&D Center in Austin. Exynos chips may not feature Samsung’s custom Mongoose cores in the future.

None of this has been officially confirmed at the moment so take it with some skepticism. It’s also unclear if regions like South Asia and the Middle East will also get the Qualcomm variant. In any case, it would be best to first put the Exynos 990 through its paces before passing judgment on its inferiority compared to the Snapdragon 865.

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siaho
siaho

So, we in Europe can go to hell? This is wrong if the performance/power efficiency gap is as big as the recent years (and in this case it looks like it would be even bigger). The only reason they think about shipping sd865 variant to more markets is that the gap grew so big that a lot more talking about it is happening. Still, going with the superior version on some markets (even if more), but not all the worlds is borderline a scam as they present them as equal and the price in Europe is even higher compared to… Read more »

RHBH
RHBH

In Brazil, I bought S9 Plus with Snapdragon 845.

The main reason I didn’t upgrade to S10 its because it has an Exynos SoC.

If they return to sell Snapdragon in Brazil I’ll upgrade to S11.

gabrieljoioso
gabrieljoioso

Me too, the main reason for buying the S9 Plus in Brazil was the Snapdragon 845. There was no interest in finding out what the S10 would get to the Exynos.

toni566
toni566

Wenn Samsung NICHT zu seinem EIGENEN Prozessor “steht”, sollten sie generell die Finger davon lassen.
Dass WIEDER Europa/ Deutschland die SD-Variante nicht “erhalten” DARF, ist vollkommen unverständlich. Bin jedenfalls auf die (unterschiedlichen?) Ergebnisse beim S11- “Varianten” gespannt. 🙄

pmenzies
pmenzies

I find this annoying and why on earth have not just gone completely for SD865 globally

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

If there is a gap then use the SD for all regions! Similar ploy when they dropped the SD back in 2015 due to poor performance

Pr1m3MOD
Pr1m3MOD

This is so bad for customers if true. Selling same price phone with different spects for different regions isn’t new for Samsung but, if the new chips have that big of a gap between their performance, is just dumb to keep selling the Exynos 990 on the S11. The S11 should get the SD865 on all markets and the 990 should probably go on other Samsung phone, like the high end A-Series of 2020. S is the high end and premium Samsung series, we should all get the same possible performance Samsung can offer without thinking in which market we’re… Read more »

Amirboli
Amirboli

100% agreed …….

JS0206
JS0206

Yeah. Samsung was able to give top spec for the Tab S6 when it launched with an SD855 (SD855+ wasn’t out yet). It even launched for cheaper than the S10 series for crying out loud.

For now, the Exynos flagship phones should be avoided until only when the AMD GPUs arrive.

siaho
siaho

It’s even not the same price, in Europe the phones cost more than in US. 🙂 100% agree with you otherwise and this is valid for the previous years too as the GAP was big enough to justify snapdragon on the top high end models, the exynos should had been used to the next tier of samsung phones (9820/9810/8895). 8890 in galaxy s7/s7 edge was the last competitive SOC (and it lagged noticeably on GPU, but was more power efficient and better in CPU). The decision why this was done is a no brainer for anyone – profit. The details… Read more »