At Samsung Tech Day 2019 in October last year, the company announced its new flagship Exynos 990 SoC. The SoC is manufactured on the company’s new 7nm LPP EUV (extreme ultra-violet) process and it features a triple-cluster CPU core setup consisting of a combination of two custom M5 big cores, two ARM Cortex-76 middle cores, and four ARM Cortex-A55 little cores. Months after the initial announcement, Samsung’s flagship SoC finally made an appearance on the Galaxy S20 series earlier this year and we initially believed that it would also be featured in the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series. However, a recent report from ZDNet Korea claims that that might not be the case and Samsung may include a new Exynos 992 chipset on the Galaxy Note 20 series.
As reported by Sammobile, Samsung may debut the new Exynos 992 chipset later this year with the Galaxy Note 20 series. The Exynos 992 chipset is rumored to be an improved version of the Exynos 990 that is being manufactured using Samsung’s 6nm process. The chipset is expected to offer a more power-efficient design and slight improvements in processing performance when compared to the Exynos 990. This is also expected to give the unannounced chipset a slight edge (1-3%) over its main competitor — the Snapdragon 865.
The report further reveals that the Exynos 992 may also be used in the Korean version of the Galaxy Note 20 series, making a return to flagship Exynos SoCs for Samsung after the Korean Galaxy S20 series shipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Samsung’s switch to the Exynos chipset can also be attributed to the delay in the launch of the upcoming Snapdragon 865+, which was initially scheduled for Q3 2020 but has been pushed back due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The delay might also prompt other manufacturers, like Vivo, to opt for the Exynos 992 instead of the Snapdragon 865+ on its upcoming flagships.