Samsung unveiled its first foldable phone at the Mobile World Congress last month, getting a lot of attention for its looks and sky-high price.
During the event, the South Korean company announced that it will be releasing its first foldable smartphone in several markets around the world.
The phone was first introduced with an Exynos chipset, however, later on, it was discovered that the variant to be released in Europe and North America will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
Even though Samsung’s homebrew Exynos chipset is 5G-ready, they still opted to go for the Qualcomm chip.
The main reason behind this is that the Exynos chipset used in Samsung S10’s is slower. Non-US consumers are reluctant in spending money on hardware that isn’t up to par.
After a recent analysis of the Galaxy Fold’s firmware, XDA-developers found a reference to the Snapdragon 855. Some lines in the build.prop file specify that the device’s chipset is sm8150 which is actually the international name of the Snapdragon 855.
Samsung Galaxy Fold’s 5G variant with Snapdragon 855 will be released in the US and select markets only, the rest of the world will be getting the Exynos 9820 variant instead.
This segregation is problematic as people prefer getting better Snapdragon models instead of the Exynos variants.