According to recent reports and rumors, it looks like Samsung could be making a big mistake with the Galaxy S21 series, by going all-in with Exynos chipsets.
This is according to by a well-known leaker, called Mauri QHD on Twitter. Who is stating that not only is Samsung going all-in on Exynos, but it is going to use two different chipsets too. Likely to try and differentiate the Galaxy S21 Ultra from the Galaxy S21 a bit more.
But what about the Snapdragon 875? Well, it looks like Samsung may not use Snapdragon at all on the Galaxy S21 series, sticking with just Exynos chipsets. Which, Samsung makes Exynos, so that makes loads of sense for them.
Using Exynos for all Galaxy S21 devices would be a big mistake
Those of us in the US haven't really used an Exynos Samsung device in many years. The last time Samsung used Exynos for its entire flagship line was for the Galaxy S6, in 2016. Since then, Samsung has used a mixture of Snapdragon and Exynos chipsets, based on the market.
But those of you in Europe know just how bad Exynos has been. Normally, those chipsets are slower, the camera isn't as good, heating problems and much more. And with the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung gave the Exynos version less RAM for the same price. So instead of 12GB of RAM across the entire lineup, it was only 8GB of RAM.
So it hasn't been a great experience for customers, and that might be what we can look forward to with the Galaxy S21 series next year. Fingers crossed that this rumor is wrong and that there will still be a Snapdragon version for the US and other markets.
However, there is another rumor floating around that the Snapdragon 875 is also going to be very expensive. Even more expensive than the Snapdragon 865. And where the Galaxy S20 smartphones didn't sell well, mostly due to their prices, Samsung likely doesn't want to boost the prices even more with Galaxy S21.
The Galaxy S21 series isn't expected to be unveiled until February of next year, so there's still plenty of time before Samsung announces the device. Though, they have likely already locked in the specs for all three models. And it is possible that Samsung has kept the Snapdragon 875 model secret. Or possibly not even have the Snapdragon 875 yet to sample, since Qualcomm isn't announcing that until December. But keep in mind that Samsung has been manufacturing the Snapdragon 800-series for the last few years. So if they don't use it, that would be a big deal for Qualcomm too.