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Here's what Samsung says about Exynos Galaxy S20 being weaker than Snapdragon

Those expecting Samsung to acknowledge any major differences between the two S20 variants might be disappointed.

Published onApril 6, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in the hand with tracks

Samsung has reportedly responded after enthusiasts criticized the company for using its Exynos 990 chipset in some Galaxy S20 variants. The 2020 flagship series ships with the Exynos processor in some markets, while the likes of Korea and the US get Snapdragon 865 chips instead.

Our own testing shows that the Snapdragon version beat the Exynos variant for pure performance, but the Exynos 990-toting S20 series displayed better battery life. So what does the Korean brand have to say about this?

“The Galaxy S20 is a smartphone that’s been reimagined to change the way you experience the world and depending on the region, the Galaxy S20 will either ship with the Exynos 990 or the Snapdragon 865,” Samsung told SamMobile in a statement.

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“Both the Exynos and Snapdragon processors go through the same strict and rigorous, real-life testing scenarios in order to deliver a consistent and optimal performance over the entire lifecycle of the smartphone.”

Nevertheless, Samsung previously confirmed that it was shutting its custom CPU division, presumably in favor of standard Arm Cortex CPUs. This move clearly suggests that it’s not happy with at least one element of its Exynos processors.

The Korean manufacturer is also working with AMD to deliver new mobile GPUs, so hopefully Exynos chipsets are in for a big boost in the future. Would you buy an Exynos-powered Galaxy phone if it were better than the Snapdragon variant?

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