Processor: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
It wouldn't be a new flagship smartphone series without a new flagship processor powering it inside, where US variants of the Galaxy S20 smartphones will pack Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 while UK and European users will receive Samsung's own in-house Exynos 990 processor.
There's not too much difference between the two processors, with both of them being an 8-core chip pm the 7nm node, but I'll break it down:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- 1 x Cortex-A77 @ 2.84GHz
- 3 x Cortex-A77 @ 2.42GHz
- 4 x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz
Samsung Exynos 990
- 2 x Exynos M5 @ 2.73GHz
- 2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.50GHz
- 4 x Cortex-A55 @ 2.00GHz
We don't know too much about the performance of Samsung's new Exynos 990 processor, but it should be pretty damn blazing fast and close to Qualcomm's new flagship Snapdragon 865 processor. Samsung used its own Exynos 9825 inside of the Galaxy Note 10 in select markets, a chip made on the 8nm node but the new Exynos 990 is on the 7nm node and should have some excellent performance for the new Galaxy S20 smartphones.
Samsung is claiming that the performance of its new Exynos 990 is around 20% better than the Exynos 9820, so we should expect performance very similar to the Snapdragon 865 if that's the case. We'll see in the coming weeks as proper benchmarks arrive that will see the two variants of the Galaxy S20 smartphones tested in full.
RAM & Storage
Samsung is offering up a few different combinations of hardware depending on which phone you buy, but they each rock 12GB of RAM and a minimum of 128GB of storage with a microSD slot that supports up to 1TB. The 4G/LTE versions of the phone come with just 8GB of RAM, with Samsung making the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ with 4G/LTE models while the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a 5G exclusive beast.
- Galaxy S20 LTE: 8GB RAM + 128GB storage
- Galaxy S20+ LTE: 8GB RAM + 128GB storage
- Galaxy S20 5G: 12GB RAM /+ 128GB storage
- Galaxy S20+ 5G: 12GB RAM + 128/256/512GB storage
- Galaxy S20 Ultra: 12/16GB RAM + 128/256/512GB storage