There's been no shortage of rumors in recent weeks regarding Samsung's upcoming flagship, the Galaxy Note 10. We've had leaks regarding a pink model that will supposedly be launched, real-world images for the handset, confirmation that the device won't sport an audio jack, emergence of trade-in deals - and all that's only from the past couple of weeks.
Specifications for both variants of the device also leaked, noting that both would be powered by either the Snapdragon 855+ or Samsung's own Exynos 9825 SoC. However, prolific leaker Evan Blass has now tweeted (via Digital Trends) that this won't actually be the case.
Apparently, the Note10 won't feature a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, but instead be shipped with last year's Snapdragon 855. Moreover, this version of the flagship is said to be a Verizon exclusive, while all other models will be using the Exynos 9825.
Nothing can be said for certain about why Samsung would make this decision, given that the aforementioned Exynos chipset hasn't been revealed by the tech giant yet. Notably, leaked benchmarks for the Galaxy Note10+ 5G powered by Exynos 9825 have shown similar performance in comparison to Snapdragon 855. However, that doesn't clarify much, since Samsung has previously been rumored to prefer Qualcomm's chips in favor of its own due to weakness in CDMA network performance, rather than a notable difference in other performance benchmarks.
This could mean that the firm is now more confident in its own modem surpassing Qualcomm's. However, there's no guarantee that this would be the case.
Last week, a promotional image showcasing a free Note10 being offered with Note10+ 5G Verizon pre-orders was also leaked. Either way, we'll know presumably know more about all this in a few days time, with Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event scheduled to be held on August 7.