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My Galaxy Fold owning colleagues are making me jealous for one reason

Back when the Galaxy Fold was first unveiled, and a couple of weeks before it was supposed to go on sale, SamMobile HQ in the Netherlands received a review unit of Samsung’s foldable phone. It was just one device, and our boss Danny was the one who had the privilege of using the Fold before it was unceremoniously recalled by Samsung once word of some review units breaking got out.

In our Galaxy Fold review, Danny had mentioned he was surprised at how good battery life was compared to the Galaxy S10+, thanks to the Snapdragon 855 inside the Fold. No one from the SamMobile team lives in a country where Samsung sells Snapdragon variants of its flagship phones, so it was quite the surprise for us to finally see the better efficiency of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips in action on a flagship Galaxy device.

The Exynos 9820 SoC inside the Galaxy S10 lineup is an 8 nm chip, not a 7nm one like the Snapdragon 855. We had high hopes the Galaxy Note 10+’s 7 nm Exynos 9825 would do wonders and that it would be at par with the Snapdragon 855 when it comes to power efficiency. Well, the Note 10+ can certainly last a long time on a single charge. But, it turns out the Galaxy Fold is still more efficient, and that’s making me jealous of all of my colleagues who decided to — after selling off a kidney or two — get Samsung’s foldable phone now that it’s gone on sale.

Keep the folding display, just give me the Snapdragon 855

I’m not really jealous of them owning a Galaxy Fold. I’m not the kind of person who could provide the Fold with the level of care a first-generation foldable phone requires. What is turning me green is the fact that they all now own a flagship Galaxy with a Snapdragon SoC at its heart. All of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 reviews from US publications have better battery life figures than any of us with our Exynos-powered devices have managed to achieve. While the difference isn’t huge, it still makes us wonder what benefit Samsung’s in-house chipset offers to us as consumers who paid top dollar for their phone.

Samsung is no doubt saving plenty of moolah by using its in-house chip in most countries, but that doesn’t change the fact that consumers in markets where the Snapdragon versions of Galaxy flagships are sold are getting the superior deal as far as battery life is concerned. And before the Fold came along, it was pretty much a level playing field for all of us here at SamMobile. Now, with the Fold in the picture, that’s not the case.

Now, Samsung’s reported layoff of its entire CPU dev team at its R&D Center in Austin suggests the Exynos SoC will never be the same again. Samsung is reportedly thinking of using ARM’s standard CPU cores instead of developing its own custom cores based on the ARM architecture. Perhaps that will mean efficiency of future Exynos chips will be better, that it will be closer to the efficiency of Qualcomm’s custom CPU cores that drive the Snapdragon 855.

But until that happens, I will continue to believe we’re getting the short end of the stick with these Exynos-powered Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices. And, well, I’ll also be jealous of everyone at SamMobile who is using the Galaxy Fold, only finding solace in the fact that their €2000 foldable phone charges at a meagre 15W, the same as a budget Galaxy phone that costs almost six times less.

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Gunter2
Gunter2

Firstly the argument here is flawed. You are not comparing a Snapdragon Fold with an Exynos Fold. You are comparing totally different devices that may have a lot of different operating parameters. The Snapdragon being more efficient than Exynos is just rubbish. Only in a benchmark will you see any truly measurable difference. Our company engineers have 8 Exynos Note10 plus devices. Our US colleagues have the Snapdragon versions. We measured the difference which I hope to post on our MeWe site if we can get approval. In some individual instances the Exynos lasted longer, in others the Snapdragon. But… Read more »

amitanand1
amitanand1

if you see indian samsung website for reviews you see only good or something bad which is not pointing to performance if at all you type snapdragon is better then exynos in reviews or tell samsung people its like auto block reviews in there website or reply’s or mail blocks. samsung is trying to sell for the same cost in india as of USA. and in India without offers/crappy offers or there style of presentation in india as of old days is just gone now a days in youtube they are comparing exynos and snapdragon variants for more awareness. and… Read more »

RHBH
RHBH

Exynos lose to Snapdragon in all the important points such as:
– Gaming performance.
– Battery life.

I don’t care if Exynos is better in Geekbench, I care about real life performance.

Gunter2
Gunter2

See my comment above my friend. It’s the Snapdragon that’s better in benchmarks but that’s all. Real world use between Note10 pluses is exactly the same. We compared both together on our company devices in real world use. There is a big flaw in this argument. He is not comparing a Galaxy Fold Exynos phone vs a Galaxy Fold Snapdragon…. The devices should be the same.

FARSTRIDER
FARSTRIDER

Reminds me of a 3ds LL

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

When you are that person that you look at both the Note 10 Plus and the Fold and go like “meh” for both of them and then you read this article and you can’t relate…

FARSTRIDER
FARSTRIDER

There the same people whod slam ds & prasie psp

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

I live in country where snapdragon variants exists ,snapdragon has bit heat issue else is good processor

ijazali
ijazali

Well, for me the reason to be jealous is they must be filthy rich to own a galaxy fold while i have just note 10 plus.

himssa
himssa

here are some sammobile.com’s lines in case of Galaxy s9 launch “””It has long been known that the Exynos-powered variants of Samsung’s flagship smartphones tend to offer slightly better performance compared to their Qualcomm counterparts because Samsung optimizes its own SoC more for the new devices. “”We know that Samsung has a habit of optimizing the Exynos variants of its Galaxy S flagships better than the Snapdragon variants so it’s not like this will come as a surprise to anyone.”””” source–> https://www.sammobile.com/news/galaxy-s9-snapdragon-vs-exynos-performance-difference-might-still-be-there/ now i am start wondering why articles are published like, people getting jealous , answers snapdragon 855 processor.… Read more »