So far, it is clear that there will be at least three Galaxy Note 20 Ultra versions, depending on whether they have 5G connectivity, and the chipset that are powered by it. The rumored Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (whatever Samsung calls it) a model without 5G connectivity that goes by the model number SM-N985F.
As is typical, the numbering indicates that this is an Exynos version for the international market, and, surprise, surprise, not all overseas carriers entered the 5G rat race such as Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile which are above. The FCC listing for SM-N985F is clearly lacking in 5G frequency support in all connectivity indications.
On the other hand, there is a model marked as SM-G986B which is an Exynos version with 5G connectivity, again for the international market. The Snapdragon variant for the US, however, will only be available with the 5G modem turned on.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Exynos vs Snapdragon chipset benchmarks
All those reports that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G will come with some sort of Exynos 990 chipset boost in its global variant, may have been premature, it seems. The Exynos version, with the model number SM-G986B, has just appeared Geekbench, MySmartPrice found, and scored less than what the SM-G986U version with a Snapdragon chipset scored.
In fact it’s netting around the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s average score with the same amount of RAM and chipset, so there won’t be any performance magically achieved by the Exynos 990 over the overall version of the Note 20 Ultra.
Thankfully, the US version, for reasons involving carrier networks and Qualcomm modem patents, will come with it. Snapdragon 865+, which further widens the gap with the Exynos version.
If we compare it to the first Snapdragon 865+ handset we tested, ours The ROG Phone 3 review shows that it scored 3369 at the Geekbench 5 multi-core benchmark, so the difference in performance can be quite sharp.
Of course, this may not be a retail version of the handset, and the actual numbers are less important than throttling and heating under pressure as well as graphics performance, which Samsung reportedly addressed. with extra cooling and Exynos 990 optimizations, so we “We just have to wait and test for ourselves.