So far, it is clear that there will be at least three Versions of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, depending on whether they have 5G connectivity and the chipset from which they are powered. The rumor Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (whatever Samsung calls it) a model without 5G connectivity goes with the model number SM-N985F.
As is typical, the numbering shows that this is an international version of Exynos and, surprisingly, not all carriers abroad have entered the race with 5G rats like Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile here. The FCC list for the SM-N985F obviously lacks 5G frequency support in all connectivity mentions.
On the other hand, there is a model designated as SM-G986B, which is an Exynos version with 5G connectivity, again for the international market. However, the Snapdragon version for the US will only be available with a 5G modem included.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Exynos vs Snapdragon performance tags
All these announcements that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G will come with some enhanced Exynos 990 chipset in its global version, may have been premature, it seems. The Exynos version with model number SM-G986B has just appeared Geekbench, MySmartPrice found and scored less than what the SM-G986U version with the Snapdragon chipset noted.
It’s actually around the average score of the Galaxy S20 Ultra with the same amount of RAM and chipset, so there won’t be a magically earned performance from the Exynos 990 in the global version of the Note 20 Ultra, it seems.
Fortunately, the US version, for reasons related to carrier networks and Qualcomm patent modems, will arrive with Snapdragon 865+, which will further increase the difference with the Exynos version.
If we have to compare with the first Snapdragon 865+ phone we tested, ours A review of the ROG Phone 3 shows that it scores 3369 in the multi-core Geekbench 5 system, so the difference in performance can be quite large.
Of course, this may not be a retail version of the handset, and the actual numbers are less important than throttling and pressure heating, as well as the graphical features that Samsung reports that handle the Exynos 990’s extra cooling and optimization, so that we’re just going to have to wait and test ourselves.