Samsung has for a long time used two different processors in its flagship phones, depending on where they are sold. In the U.S., a Qualcomm chip is usually found inside, while in Europe, South Korea, and most other places, Samsung’s own Exynos chip is used. And, it looks like that will happen once again for the Galaxy Note 10.
Serial Twitter leaker Evan Blass tweeted earlier that some U.S. variants of the Galaxy Note 10 would feature a Samsung Exynos chip, but has since retracted the claim, saying that, in fact, the U.S. Galaxy Note 10 will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
When Blass first made the claim, he mentioned that only the Verizon Galaxy Note 10 would have the Snapdragon 855 in the U.S.
“Speaking to two people with firsthand knowledge of U.S. carrier stock, it seems clear that the U.S. devices will have the Snapdragon 855 across the board,” Blass said in a new tweet.
The reason Samsung may be holding out on using Exynos chips in the U.S. may have to do with 5G connectivity in the U.S. According to PCMag reporter Sascha Segan, phones on AT&T and T-Mobile need to support sub-6 FDD, which is a technology used in some 5G spectrums in the U.S. — and the Exynos chipset currently doesn’t support sub-6 FDD. Because of that, it’s unlikely that Samsung will offer phones with Exynos chips in the U.S. any time soon — though it could eventually develop chips that support sub-6 FDD.
In general, the Galaxy Note 10 is expected to offer an edge-to-edge display with a pinhole camera cutout for the front-facing camera. On top of that, the device will likely offer as much as 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The device may also do away with the headphone jack — despite the fact that Samsung has long championed the fact that it has held onto the headphone jack in its phones.
We will know the full set of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs on August 7 when the Galaxy Note 10 is revealed. Or will we? Samsung doesn’t always talk about specification at its launch events, preferring to focus on experiences and how the phone will benefit you on a daily basis. If it keeps quiet, all will be revealed once we get our hands on the phone.
Updated on August 2, 2019: Evan Blass has retracted his tweet and the Galaxy Note 10 will likely offer the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in the U.S.