A few days ago, Qualcomm introduced a slightly refreshed version of its top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. Named the Snapdragon 855+, the mid-generation upgrade brings the clock speed of the lone Kryo 485 Prime CPU core from 2.84GHz to 2.96 GHz. The 7nm TSMC manufactured chip keeps some of the other specs of the current Snapdragon 855 including the three energy-efficient Kryo 485 Silver CPU cores running at 1.8GHz and four high-performance Kryo 485 Gold CPU cores with a clock speed of 2.42GHz. Also getting a boost is the Adreno 640 GPU, which will have a 15% increase in performance. The Snapdragon 855+ will keep the X24 multi-gigabit 4G LTE modem and X50 5G modem.
When Qualcomm made this announcement yesterday, it said that devices employing the Snapdragon 855+ will be available in the second half of this year. And considering that we are already in that time frame, it was assumed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series would be employing the new chipset to further differentiate it from Sammy’s current flagship Galaxy S10 line; after all, the new range will be unveiled on August 7th and could be released a couple of weeks later. But alas, it is not to be. According to WinFuture (via WCCF Tech) the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ will have the older Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform under the hood in the U.S. and the Exynos 9825 SoC just about everywhere else.
As it turns out, the Asus ROG Phone II gaming phone sequel will be the first handset equipped with the new chip. Considering the improvements made to the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform’s graphics capabilities, a gaming phone is a perfect choice to debut the Snapdragon 855+. And while the phone is not the focus of this story, we should point out that the display will feature a 120Hz refresh rate matching the Razer Phone 2 and topping the 90Hz rate on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The Samsung Galaxy S11 line will probably be powered by the unannounced Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform
Sticking to the current version of the Snapdragon 855 instead of utilizing the 855+ might be disappointing to a few prospective Galaxy Note 10 buyers in the states, but it is unlikely to cost Samsung any business in the U.S. We expect to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 with 4G LTE connectivity sport a 6.3-inch curved Dynamic AMOLED display with a 1440 x 3040 resolution. That works out to a 19:9 aspect ratio. The base model will be equipped with 256GB of storage, twice the amount that most flagship models are starting with these days. A triple-camera setup will be on the back (12MP with three-stage variable aperture + 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, + 16MP Ultra-wide angle). A 3400mAh battery will keep the lights on. The 256GB model will reportedly be priced at $1,000 while the unit with 512GB of storage will cost $1,150.
The Galaxy Note 10+ and the Galaxy Note 10 5G will both be equipped with a 6.75-inch curved Dynamic AMOLED display. We could see three different storage options (256GB, 512GB, and 1TB) for both models. Besides having the same triple-camera setup as the one you’ll find on the back of the Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10 5G will have a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. This will provide improved depth calculations that should result in better bokeh effects on portraits. Because the S Pen housing takes up some room, Samsung had to settle for a 4170mAh battery on these two models. While both will support 45W charging, the manufacturer will include a 25W adapter in the box although it will sell you the faster charger.
Renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10
The Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10 5G will all have a centered punch-hole selfie snapper in front. This will help reduce the size of the bezels on the Infinity O display. All three will also offer the PowerShare reverse wireless charging feature, IP68 dust, and water resistance, and will be pre-installed with Android 9 Pie along with Samsung’s One UI user interface. The latter puts clickable options on the bottom of the screen so that users won’t have to dislocate their fingers to reach certain buttons once located at the very top of a smartphone display.
In case you were wondering, it is most likely that next year’s Samsung Galaxy S11 series launches in the states with the yet to be announced Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform inside.