Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+, the second flagship for the year after the S10, however just like all its previous smartphones the models will be slightly different for some regions.
Aesthetically you will not find any changes in its outlook, they will have the same feature and function the same way even if the units are shipped to different hemisphere. But what Samsung does to its flagships is the internal components that it tends to alter depending on region. Being a semiconductor gargantuan and maker of the Exynos chipsets, some models will be shipped with these while certain batches will leave the factory floor with Qualcomms Snapdragon 855. Both have differing ability and the nuances can be felt on the devices.
Those that run on the Snapdragon will also come with the X50 Modem that is made ready for the 5G revolution, it has artificial intelligence capability and eXtended reality (XR) features. Samsung’s Exynos 9 series isn’t far off in performance either, paired with 5100 Exynos modem the 5G offering is in tact. These processors are compatible in delivering computing power akin to high end PC’s of today, without burning out.
Qualcomm is not in the phone business and focuses mainly on processors and mobile modems, Samsung holds both ends of the spectrum. The Snapdragon is market standard for Android phones, changing the way we use our phones and bringing users to the next realm in mobile experience. With some of the Galaxy Note10 equipped with the Snapdragon 855 customers will be able to enjoy the performance and efficiency improvement designed to be taken advantage of by the chipset. Coupled with this is the Qualcomm Kryo 485 CPU built on Arm Cortex Technology and the Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU that are all built to improve 5G performance and better graphics, quantifiable compared to previous iterations. The Exynos system do offer these abilities but its Qualcomm who has been developing and testing them is real-life situation. Samsung has only its own devices to show them off, so the results could be biased and flaws are usually swept under the carpet. So lets look at what else goes into the Snapdragon edition, there’s the Qualcomm Spectra 380 ISP which integrate hardware accelerated computer vision (CV) capabilities, that provides cutting-edge computational photography and video capture features with lower power consumption. A 4th generation multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine, that offers a capacity of more than 7 trillion operations per second, which literally means multitasking on the next-generation camera, gaming, or voice experiences is a cinch. Open Signal just declared Samsung to be the leader in delivering optimised network speeds, the Galaxy Note10 will also harness the combined power of the X50 Modem for both Sub-6 GHz and mmWave frequency bands and deliver multi-gigabit speeds – along with ultra-low latency. The Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor, allows the device to detect fingerprints and at the same distinguish from fake attempts. How it manages this is, unlike optical scanning solutions, 3D Sonic uses acoustic-based technology that reflects the unique features of a user’s individual fingerprint. This enables the system to authenticate if the user is really the same person.
We know so much about Qualcomm and its product features is because the chip maker is in the business to sell processors, and sharing information about the capability of its products is part and parcel of that. So do bear in mind when you pick up the Galaxy Note10, which brain is running the operations on the phone? And we all know, no two brains are alike.