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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Exynos, Snapdragon models still have performance gaps

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Samsung may have one of the most powerful Android phones in the market today but it also has some of the most expensive. There are definitely other options around with almost the same raw power, or even better, but some might argue that you are getting what you pay for. That might not actually be the case for Samsung’s flagships, which may have different processors inside and even a different cooling system. And while the prices might be the same, JerryRigEverything’s test shows the performance definitely isn’t.

There has recently been a lot of talk regarding the performance difference between Samsung’s Exynos processors and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, both of which are shipped on the same premium Galaxy phones for the same price in different countries. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra this year, however, added a bit of complication by using different thermal cooling solutions for different phones. At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be any 100% certain pattern which phones get a more common copper vapor chamber and which ones get the new graphite solution.

JerryRigEverything’s Zack Nelson put the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra again to the test, this time subjecting an Exynos and a Snapdragon variant to benchmark tests before trying to swap their cooling systems. To answer perhaps the burning, no pun intended, question, the difference in thermal cooling solution may not have any significant impact on the performance of the two chips, confirming iFixit’s earlier analysis. Both phones experienced the same drop in performance when their thermal systems were swapped, which was probably due to opening up the phones in the first place.

What’s more striking, however, is that both phones also exhibited consistently different benchmark scores, with the Snapdragon always staying ahead of its Exynos counterpart. This means, in a nutshell, that you’re not getting what you pay for if your market only has the Exynos variant. Most consumers won’t know how to check beforehand, anyway, and are therefore unaware of the disadvantage they’re at.

Samsung’s two-processor strategy has always been unique in the OEM world but it has only been recently that it is getting called out for the discrepancies. With the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra changing other components as well, some might start to wonder what other performance-affecting changes Samsung isn’t disclosing.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor continues to be based on a 4nm manufacturing process — albeit this time from TSMC. This change has allowed Qualcomm to increase the GPU and CPU clock speeds by up to 7%. The result is that the Prime Cortex X2 is now clocked at 3.2 GHz (as opposed to 3 GHz on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Similarly, the 3x Cortex A710 core now clocks at 2.8 GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz earlier).

Then we have the 4x Cortex A-510 efficiency cores that also see a jump from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. While Qualcomm is yet to reveal the clock speeds for the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, they already claim a 10% higher clock speed in the promotional materials.

The rest of the hardware on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is similar to that of its predecessor — and this includes the X65 integrated modem as well. The new chip continues to support 3200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and the ISP used is the same, with support for 200 MP resolution, 8K video capture, and 64 MP burst capture. In terms of encoding, the chip retains support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. A glaring omission, this time around too, is the lack of support for the AV1 codec.

In simpler terms, apart from the faster performance on account of the supposedly better manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does not add anything over its predecessor in terms of additional features.

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