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Here's Some Bad News About The European Galaxy Note 20

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Apparently, the Galaxy Note 20 is going to be running on the Exynos 992, at least the international variant. Which means that Europeans will once again be stuck with an Exynos chipset, instead of a Qualcomm chipset. Which many believe is the better chipset, both in performance and battery efficiency.

Many want Samsung to go ahead and ditch Exynos processors and just stick with Qualcomm in its flagship smartphones. Instead of splitting them. But that won’t be happening this year with the Galaxy Note 20.

Which is going to leave Europe (and a few other countries) with an Exynos-powered Galaxy Note 20 this year.

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Exynos 992 is being built on a 6nm process

According to Samsung, the Exynos 992 is being built on a 6nm process. Versus the Exynos 990 which is on a 7nm process. This means that the processor will be smaller (allowing for more room inside the phone for battery), and also be more battery efficient. That’s something that everyone will love.

The Exynos 992 is also going to have better performance over the Exynos 990, as expected. Which should be a recipe for a great chipset, and one that should be on par with the Snapdragon 865. And since Qualcomm isn’t going to be releasing a Snapdragon 865+ this year (at least according to Meizu), that is good news for Samsung. As the Galaxy Note 20 should have relatively the same experience on both models.

Samsung has not yet announced the Exynos 992, so there’s very little details available right now. But expect that to happen later this summer.

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Exynos is seen as the “inferior” chipset

There have been many side-by-side tests of Samsung flagships comparing the Exynos and Qualcomm models. Showing that Qualcomm is faster, more battery efficient and just better all around. Not to mention, Qualcomm also builds in a lot of stuff into its chipset. Like the ISP, making the camera even better than on an Exynos model.

And with the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung outfitted the Exynos models with 8GB of RAM instead of 12GB. Which is rather unfortunate, considering Europe was essentially paying more for less RAM and a lesser processor. The reason for Samsung using both chipsets is sound though, relying on a single partner for a single part is not a good idea, but offering two very different experiences to Galaxy S20 users is not a good idea.

But it doesn’t look like Samsung is going to be giving up on Exynos in its flagship smartphones anytime soon. As it is still investing in R&D and producing new chipsets for these smartphones.

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