There are some fierce things to debate in the smartphone world, but perhaps the hottest thing right now is whether Samsung should ditch Exynos chips from its flagships altogether.
The Korean company is currently using the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon silicon in its North American devices. For those in Asia and Europe, you are stuck with Exynos chips. The latter has a reputation for being inferior to its alternatives manufactured by Qualcomm, a vision that has only worsened over the years.
In April, rumors suggested that the Galaxy Note 20 would strike out the Exynos 990 in favor of a beefier, more efficient Exynos 992. .
With that in mind, we wanted to know how much the likely presence of the current Exynos chipset would affect your potential purchase decision for the Galaxy Note 20. Here’s what you told us.
Reserve your Galaxy Note 20
Would you buy a Galaxy Note 20 if it had an Exynos 990 chipset?
The complete questions are as follows:
- Yes, a flagship is a flagship
- Maybe it depends on benchmarks / reviews
- No, I prefer devices powered by Snapdragon
Well, this result is surprisingly close. We received over 2,600 votes on this one, but the three responses are within 300 votes of each other.
Let’s take a look at the reviews related to Exynos first. Just under 27% of respondents plan to buy a Galaxy Note 20 even if it uses Samsung’s chipset. More than 700 readers believe that a “flagship is a flagship” regardless of the silicon used.
For these people at least, the quality of silicon is less important compared to other developments made on the device. There were plenty of feature additions to rumors, including Wireless Dex, xCloud support for Xbox gamers, and a faster S-Pen. The Exynos 990 should be very powerful for these features.
That said, we’re unlikely to see a return of the headphone jack or a flatscreen on the rumored Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. Even a faster chip cannot quite make up for some omissions.
Skepticism trumps loyalty?
However, a surprising number of users are taking the wait-and-see approach before the phones launch. Just over 35% plan to buy a Galaxy Note 20 even if it has an Exynos version, but their choice will be governed by reviews and benchmarks.
Benchmarks may not be the ultimate judge of a phone’s performance, but it does suggest that users aren’t turned off by the mere mention of Exynos. Still, the majority of those users are likely to be waiting to see if the Exynos 992 makes an appearance. As we’ve discovered in previous clashes with the Galaxy S20, the Exynos 990 really doesn’t measure up when it comes to rival Qualcomm’s silicon.
Finally, more than a third of respondents said it was the Exynos chipset that was holding them back, even though there was a mid-year upgrade. A good 38% of respondents answered “No, I prefer Samsung devices powered by Snapdragon”, which is a fair answer if performance is paramount.
What is clear is that Exynos has as much a problem with perception as it is with performance. While it’s increasingly unlikely that the Galaxy Note 20 will see a revised Exynos chipset, it would be interesting to see if user opinions change if future Exynos chips challenge the Snapdragons.
This is what you had to say
- Doesn’t matter 5000: I wouldn’t want a Note 20 Ultra with the 990 Exynos, but the smaller version maybe.
- VJ: Only if Exynos is 25% cheaper at any time than the Snapdragon variant.
- Rato Ketu: Exynos whatever is a downgrade, not an upgrade. Benchmark scores don’t tell the whole story. Exynos main objective is to reduce handset costs in certain markets by using an inferior product. That’s all.
- DBS: I do not give a flamingo flying on benchmarks and artificial scores. The size and lack of a headphone jack is why I won’t buy a Note 20. It’s not some silly processor disparity that only a specialized group of tech nerds care about.
- sachouba: If I get 15% less battery life, 30% less sustained performance and poorer quality photos on the Exynos version compared to the Snapdragon version, then I would be satisfied with an Exynos version which costs 200 € cheaper than the Snapdragon version. Otherwise, no thanks.
- Mick J: I wouldn’t mind if it was for sale cheaper than the SD version. Worse performance should mean a lower price. But this is Samsung, the new Apple, they’d rather crawl on broken glass rather than lower the price.
- Tvtbhd: If I’m paying that much money for a flagship phone, I should get the best performance possible, that simple.
So much for this survey! Thanks to those who voted and commented. If you have any other ideas, don’t forget to leave them in the comments below.