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There might not be an Exynos-based Samsung Galaxy Fold (Update: Confirmed)
Update, March 25, 2019 (11:15 AM ET): The sleuths over at XDA Developers got their hands on the firmware from the international edition of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. As we expected, the international variant will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, proving that there will be no Exynos-based version of the Galaxy Fold.
If you were already prepared to spend $2,000 on the Fold, this likely won’t change your mind. However, if you’re going to spend all that cash it’s nice to know exactly what you’ll be paying for.
Original Article, March 22, 2019 (10:27 AM ET): When Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the company said it would have a 7nm, 64-bit, octa-core processor. However, it didn’t say what processor that would be or even which company would make it.
Unsurprisingly, it turns out that the processor is a Qualcomm chipset, most likely the Snapdragon 855, according to new benchmark scores of the Samsung Galaxy Fold leaked online (via SamMobile). Interestingly, the model attached to the benchmark scores is the SM-F900F — the “F” at the end signifies that this is the global variant, otherwise known as the “international model.”
If you’re familiar with how Samsung sells its flagship devices — such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 — you know that the international model usually comes with an Exynos-based processor. Exynos chips are made by Samsung itself.
Since this benchmark score is for an international model running on a Qualcomm chipset, that leads us to believe there will be no Exynos-based model of the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Furthermore, the latest-and-greatest Exynos chipset — the Exynos 9820 — is based on 8nm technology. This further supports the idea that Qualcomm chipsets will be the only option for the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
For most buyers, this won’t make much of a difference. However, it is interesting to know that Samsung is opting for a Qualcomm chipset exclusively in this device rather than one of its own, especially when you consider how there won’t be many Galaxy Folds in production.
What do you think? Are you happy the Samsung Galaxy Fold will be Qualcomm-based or were you hoping for a new 7nm Exynos chipset to launch with the device? Let us know in the comments!