In this case, we're getting some rather surprising news on the SoC that will be powering the Galaxy Note 10 family. It was first rumored that the flagship smartphones destined for the U.S. market would be powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC, and then it was thought that the smartphones would use the newly released Snapdragon 855 Plus. Blass is now saying that the Galaxy Note 10 family will instead be split between two SoCs in the U.S.: the standard Snapdragon 855 and the new Samsung Exynos 9825.
According to Blass, only Verizon versions of the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ will come with the Snapdragon 855; all other carriers will get the Exynos SoC. There was no reason given for this dual-sourcing for SoCs and we don't really understand what would be the motivation for this decision in the first place. And this would be the first time in recent memory that a flagship Samsung smartphone has launched in the U.S. with an Exynos SoC instead of as a Qualcomm Snapdragon exclusive.
With that being said, we're a bit skeptical of this information, even if it does come from an ever-reliable source. We'll know for sure in a few days though what Samsung truly has up its sleeve for U.S. customers.
As for other specs, the Galaxy Note 10 is rumored to feature a 6.3-inch display and a 3600 mAh battery compared to 6.8 inches and 4300 mAh for the Galaxy Note 10+. Both smartphones will use optical fingerprint sensors embedded in the display, feature a new S Pen with air gesture support, and will have optional 5G connectivity.