Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 has arrived and there’s a lot to like, but new information suggests that if you do upgrade you might be missing out on something much better.
Hugely popular Samsung insider Ice Universe has revealed the performance level of Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 865 chipset and confirmed it will be used in the Galaxy S11. And it looks set to blow the Galaxy Note 10 away.
Using GeekBench, Ice shows that the Snapdragon 865 delivers a single-core result of 4,160 and a multi-core result of 12,964. On paper, this equates to a circa-20% gain on the Snapdragon 855 inside the Galaxy Note 10 while it also beats out the 11,261 multi-core scores of Apple’s industry-leading A12 inside the iPhone XS. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Look closely and you’ll see that the SD865 scores were performed on a test device with just 6GB RAM, while the Galaxy S10 has a minimum of 8GB and is available with up to 12GB. Moreover, this is pre-production hardware with substantial optimization still to come so you should expect the score to climb a lot higher yet.
In fact, it may become the first Android chipset to rule the smartphone roost because Apple’s A12 delivered only about a 10% boost over the A11. A similar improvement with the A13 would mean it won’t eclipse the Snapdragon 865. And even without that, the Galaxy S11 has next-generation RAM, smart design upgrades, and a radically redesigned camera which has been labeled “a new beginning”.
Needless to say, the Galaxy Note 10 still has a lot to offer such as super-fast charging and stunningly slim bezels but the Galaxy S11 will match (if not surpass) them and without the compromises enforced by the S Pen. Yes, hardcore Note fans will accept these limitations without a second thought, but everyone else would be wise to keep their money in their pocket a little longer.