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

Samsung may sell the Snapdragon 865 Galaxy S11 in more markets


Last updated: December 11th, 2019 at 09:35 UTC+02:00

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.

Source Phone Exynos 990Galaxy S11Snapdragon 865
Load 10 comments

You might also like

Galaxy S20 FE 4G could soon switch from Exynos 990 to Snapdragon 865+

The Galaxy S20 FE comes in two variants: Galaxy S20 FE (4G) with the Exynos 990 processor and Galaxy S20 FE 5G …

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 1 year ago

Samsung monthly updates: March 2021 patch focuses on Exynos 990

Samsung today published the full security bulletin detailing the March 2021 update for its Android devices. Th …

  • By Dominik Bosnjak
  • 1 year ago

Exynos 2100’s power efficiency is a huge improvement over Exynos …

When Samsung built hype around the Exynos 2100 processor, it wasn’t kidding, especially after all the fl …

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 1 year ago

Here’s Exynos 2100’s sustained gaming performance against …

The Exynos 990 processor that was used in the Galaxy S20 series last year faced heavy criticism due to its dis …

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 1 year ago

Exynos 2100 vs Exynos 990: How much improvement to expect?

Samsung unveiled the Exynos 2100 processor today, and the company claims that its new chip offers improved per …

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 1 year ago

Samsung just made a product teaser out of Exynos 990 hate

While 2020 might have been a year to forget for Samsung’s chipmaking division, the company wants to let …

  • By Dominik Bosnjak
  • 1 year ago