Samsung has 'optimized' the international variant of Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 series to perform better, according to recently reported rumors. The source reports that Samsung has improved the in-house Exynos 990 to be found in the global phone configurations for better 'thermals'. That doesn't necessarily mean that the chip itself will be more powerful. But it could reduce overheating to such a point that better clock speeds are possible.
What could an 'optimized' Galaxy Note 20 mean for international users?
The import of a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra that's been 'optimized' cannot be understated. Or at least that's the case if the rumors are true.
Summarily, Samsung's run of Exynos chips over the past several years has hardly been impressive. In fact, it's been largely underwhelming compared to the Snapdragon chips used in the US and other select regions.
Samsung has insisted on using the chips, built in-house, for Europe and other international regions regardless of that fact. So when leaks and rumors began swirling, indicating that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series would again use Exynos chips, suffice it to say that came as a disappointment to many. Not only do the chips not typically perform as well. They also have a tendency to heat up more quickly.
A similar sentiment arose with the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which used the same chipset internationally. And before that with the Galaxy S10 series. For whatever reason, the use of Exynos chips has, in some cases, resulted in a lower maximum memory as well — compounding the problem.
Optimizations could help Samsung address its shortcomings.
…still not an Exynos 992
Now, this news isn't likely to sate many long-time supporters of Samsung anyway. Even if Samsung has optimized its Exynos 990 chipset in the Galaxy Note 20 series. And that's likely to remain the case even if it better aligns with the Snapdragon processor expected in the US variant.
That's because Samsung had been expected to unveil and implement a new chip to better bridge the gap prior to launch. Dubbed the Exynos 992, the chip would have placed international users on a similar footing. It isn't immediately clear whether optimizations will be enough to make that happen for the older chipset. But it seems unlikely, given the history here, that fans are going to be happy about it either way.