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Samsung said to be ready to mass-produce the Exynos 992, but it may not make it into the Galaxy Note 20

By Ng Chong Seng - on 29 May 2020, 11:57am

Samsung said to be ready to mass-produce the Exynos 992, but it may not make it into the Galaxy Note 20

A render of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20+. (Image: @OnLeaks x @Pigtou_.)

According to this ZDNet Korea report that cites industry sources, Samsung is ready to mass-produce the Exynos 992 SoC for a delivery in August.

For those hearing it for the first time, the Exynos 992 is said to be built on a 5nm process and uses ARM’s Cortex-A78 CPU, which is faster and more efficient than both the Cortex-A77 used in the Snapdragon 865 and Cortex-A76 found in the Exynos 990. The Exynos 990, for those unaware, is used in the Galaxy S20 phones.

The Exynos 992 is also expected to pack ARM’s newest mobile GPU, the Mali-G78. Because the Mali-G78 supports up to 24 cores, on paper, it offers 25% better graphics performance compared to the Mali-G77 that’s in the Exynos 990.

Regarding whether the Exynos 992 will make it into the Galaxy Note 20 series, the report says that Samsung’s mobile business unit is still ‘deciding’. Based on typical roadmap planning, if Samsung hasn’t made a decision in June, then it’s unlikely that you’d see the Exynos 992 in the Note 20. Also, Samsung has traditionally used in the Note series the same chipset used in the S series launched earlier in the year, with maybe a few of the cores clocked higher.

That said, it’d be a win for Samsung if it could get the Exynos 992 into the Note 20. For one, this gives Samsung bragging rights over TSMC, the other foundry that has 5nm nodes. Also, this may restore some confidence among its users and shareholders who aren’t exactly thrilled by the Exynos 990’s performance.

Read next: Purported Galaxy Note20+ renders show a 6.9-inch display and huge camera bump.

Source: ZDNet Korea.