Samsung recently announced the Exynos 990 chipset, which will be the successor of the Exynos 980 chipset by Samsung. Due to the timing of the release, there was speculation that the Exynos 990 will be used to power the upcoming Galaxy S11 flagship by Samsung.
However, according to a conflicting tweet by Max Weinbach, a former XDA writer and reputed leaker, the Galaxy S11 will not be featuring the Exynos 990 chipset. Rather, he claims that Samsung is going to release another SoC for its flagship lineup, which will be called the Exynos 9380.
The Exynos 9830 exists. In the latest One UI 2.0 beta for the S10, Samsung added support for the Exynos 9830 along with the Snapdragon 865. These will, of course, be used in the S11. pic.twitter.com/v2Bio1Hggf
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) October 27, 2019
Upcoming Samsung Exynos 9380 SoC is Expected to Power the Galaxy S11
Weinbach found out about the upcoming Exynos 9380 processor while going through the OneUI 2.0 beta files for the Galaxy S10 that was also released recently. The files also contained references to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 along with the Exynos 9380.
The leak suggests that the Exynos 990 will not be Samsung’s flagship processor this year. The rumored Exynos 9380 is expected to be used in the S11 and Note 11 lineups along with some models having the Snapdragon 865 in some locations.
Snapdragon 865 is the successor to the Snapdragon 855, which was used in the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 lineups this year. The new SoC from Qualcomm brings support for LPDDR5 RAM with transfer speeds of 6,400 Mbps and more. The rumored Exynos 9380 processor will be the successor to the Exynos 9280, which was used in the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 lineups in some regions. Qualcomm versions are sold in North and South America as well as China. However, the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 devices sold in the rest of the world feature an Exynos chipset.
What about the Exynos 990?
When the Exynos 990 was revealed earlier this week, rumors spread that it will be fit in the Galaxy S11. However, the conflicting leak by Weinbach suggests otherwise. So, what about the Exynos 990? The Exynos 980 was a mid-range processor, so it is likely that Samsung will use the Exynos 990 in mid-range devices like the ones in the A series that will be released in 2020. For its flagship lineup, however, Samsung will most likely use the rumored Exynos 9380 processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
It is good news as the Exynos 990 chipset featured a 7nm EUV process as well as 5G support. If Samsung brings this processor to its mid-range devices, it will offer excellent value for money.
Galaxy S11 Features and Release Date Information
Apart from the processor, the Galaxy S11 is rumored to have 5x optical zoom, a tall screen, as well as a large in-display fingerprint sensor. The device will come with the One UI 2.1 firmware based on Android 10 out of the box and its development has already started.
There isn’t any official information regarding the release date but according to rumors and speculations, the Galaxy S11 will be released around February 2020.