Things are not going well in Samsung’s Exynos development division as they just might be losing their biggest client, the flagship devices from the OEM itself! Apart from Meizu, Motorola has recently started incorporating Exynos SoCs in their phones, but not the flagship ones.

Latest reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S11, set for launch sometime in early 2020, will use the Snapdragon 865 chipset over the Exynos 990 in all regions but one.

Leaked render of Galaxy S11e from OnLeaks

Traditionally Samsung flagships are released in two distinct variants. One should be powered by the latest Snapdragon chip while the other one carries the cutting-edge Exynos chip.

Mainstream US carriers like Verizon and Sprint have a bias towards CDMA technology, which works seamlessly with Snapdragon modem. As a result, Samsung ships the Qualcomm-laden units in North America. Regional variants of China and Japan also follow the same trend.

Galaxy Fold is an exception, as it sports Snapdragon 855 SoC everywhere

The rest of the world that’s on GSM technology, are entitled to the Exynos-powered flagships. From Samsung’s home country (South Korea) to Europe, Africa as well as India – all you can find bootloader-unlockable Exynos units.

In theory, the Exynos chips are capable of performing at the same level as the Snapdragon counterpart. The real word scenarios are, however, quite different. Well, Samsung has apparently realized the fact that the performance gap between the two chipsets is noticeably larger.

As such, next year all regions except Europe will switch over to the Snapdragon.

Cmaprison between latest geenration Exynos and Snapdragon SoCs (Via)

Samsung’s in-house Exynos division has been dealing with many setbacks lately. The company shut down its custom core division a while back, so clearly they thing went south. Another heavy blow came when Samsung announced that it would turn to Mediatek chipsets for its lower-tier 5G devices.

We are bound to see more leaks and information about the upcoming Galaxy flagships as we are approaching towards the launch event. We have a dedicated Samsung section that covers these and many more Samsung related stories.

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