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Saying the new Samsung Galaxy S11 will use the latest flagship chipset from Samsung/Qualcomm is about the most obvious piece of news reporting possible in tech.

So as you probably already knew the Samsung Galaxy S11 will come in the usual two variations with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 for the US, and the flagship Exynos for China and the EU.

The newsworthy bit is what the chipset is, it is now being claimed that Samsung will use the unannounced Exynos 9830, which you may have expected a couple of months ago. But recently Samsung announced the Exynos 990, which has not been formally classed as their flagship chipset, but the specification would suggest so.

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Quite often with leaks, companies will use codenames for the chipsets, so the Qualcomm numbering of SDM8250 for SD865 doesn’t match up, but in this case, Samsung has properly announced the Exynos 990, so it is not the codename.

The Exynos 9830 name was identified in lines of code that were discovered in Samsung’s One UI 2.0 beta, the code also reveals LPDDR5 memory, UFS 3.0 storage and 5G support.

I find it hard to believe that Samsung would launch a second chipset that has similar flagship specs to the Exynos 990 and until further information is revealed I would be inclined to think that they are the same chipset and that Samsung has decided to rename Exynos 9830,

The Exynos 990 brings some significant improvements over last years Exynos 9820 using a smaller fabrication process, the new Exynos M5 microarchitecture for the CPU and the Mali G77MP11 GPU. Unlike other companies, it lacks a built-in modem and instead will resort on the Exynos Modem 5123 capable of 5G.

The leak also suggests that the phone will have a face unlock feature, which isn’t a new thing again, but confirms we are not getting an elevating selfie camera and Samsung is likely sticking with the punch hole design.

Currently not too much has been revealed about the new Samsung Galaxy S11 we can almost certainly expect them to announce it in February just before MWC. I would expect a big camera improvement, Samsung manufacture 48MP and 64MP camera sensors and have announced a 108MP sensor. It is also claimed they will add in 5x optical zoom.

There will definitely be a 5G version, but it is possible there may not be a 4G version, I would say this is unlikely though.

Exynos 990Exynos 9820 / 9825HiSilicon Kirin 990 5GSnapdragon 855 Plus
7nm LPP (EUV)
8nm LPP / 7nm LPP (EUV)7nm EUV7nm (N7)
CPU CoresOcta-Core, 64-bitOcta-Core, 64-bitOcta-Core, 64-bitOcta-Core, 64-bit
CPU2x Exynos M5 @ ? GHz
(+20% perf)

2x Cortex A76 @ ? GHz

4x Cortex A55 @ ? GHz
2x Exynos M4 @ 2.73 GHz
2x 512KB pL2
3 MB L3

2x Cortex A75 @ 2.31 / 2.4GHz
2x 256KB pL2

4x Cortex A55 @ 1.95 GHz
No pL2's

1MB L3
2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.86GHz
2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.36GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.95GHz
(4MB shared L3 cache)
1x Kryo 485 Gold (A76)
@ 2.84GHz 1x512KB

3x Kryo 485 Gold (A76)
@ 2.42GHz 3x256KB

4x Kryo 485 Silver (A55)
@ 1.80GHz 4x128KB
GPUMali G77MP11 @ ? MHzMali G76MP12 @ 702 MHzMali-G76 MP16Adreno 640 @ 585MHz
>10 TOPs
Dual NPU
1.86 TOPs
2+1 NPU with real time cloud AIYes (Hexagon 690 DSP)
RAMLPDDR5 @ 2750MHz4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4X @ 2093MHz

2MB System Cache
LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz4x 16-bit CH @ 2133 MHz
ISPSingle: 108MP
Dual: 24.8MP+24.8MP
Rear: 22MP
Front: 22MP
Dual: 16MP+16MP
ISP 5.0Dual 14-bit Spectra 380 ISP
1x 48MP or 2x 22 MP
Video Playback & Codecs8K30 & 4K120 encode & decode
H.265/HEVC, H.264, VP9
8K30 & 4K150 encode & decode
H.265/HEVC, H.264, VP9
4K @ 30fps - capture
4K @ 60fps playback
2160p60 10-bit H.265
HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
ModemExynos Modem External

(LTE Category 24/22)
DL = 3000 Mbps
8x20MHz CA, 1024-QAM
UL = 422 Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

(5G NR Sub-6)
DL = 5100 Mbps

(5G NR mmWave)
DL = 7350 Mbps
Exynos Modem Integrated

(LTE Category 20/20)
DL = 2000 Mbps
8x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
UL = 316 Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
5G 2.3GbpsSnapdragon X24 LTE
(Category 20)
DL = 2000Mbps
7x20MHz CA, 256-QAM, 4x4
UL = 316Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

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