If you want a glimpse at the Samsung Galaxy Note 20’s processing power, maybe it’s worth just looking at the Galaxy S20, because it’s starting to seem that the upcoming phone will have the same chipset as its recently-released cousin.

This is according to the source code for the Galaxy S20, which XDA Developers has been dredging through. Of course the Galaxy S20 is mentioned quite a bit, but the code shines a light on some other Samsung phones coming up.

The most important tidbit is that it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 phones will use the Snapdragon 865 chipset, same as the Galaxy S20. This should make their processing power roughly equal, although optimisation and software advances could make the Note phone slightly better.

That’s intriguing, as while the Samsung Galaxy S10 had the Snapdragon 855 processor, the Galaxy Note 10 saw a slight upgrade with the Snapdragon 855 Plus. Could this mean there’s not going to be an 865 Plus? Possibly, and we didn’t find the 855 Plus chipset made much of a difference on phones, so it wouldn’t be a huge loss.

In some regions Samsung phones use Exynos chipsets, but there’s no word on them in this code.

Other information is that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could also use the top-end Snapdragon processor,  which wouldn’t exactly be a surprise since we’re expecting the foldable phone to be very similar to the Note devices, just bendable.


A bigger mystery in this code is ‘Project Zodiac’, which is supposedly an upcoming device. There’s no clues as to what this is, but if we were to speculate wildly, it could be a device that folds in a Z-shape with two hinges (due to ‘Zodiac’ starting with a ‘Z’ and nothing else). It seems likely it’s a foldable phone, as these tend to have more mysterious names – and if the original Galaxy Fold is any indication these can sometimes fall to Pisces.

It’s worth noting that most of XDA Developers’ conclusions are based on assumptions based on codenames, but the reasoning seems solid, and the website is typically a reliable source, so we’re inclined to believe it.

We’ll find out for sure what the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is like come August, when we’re expecting it to launch, but it might be quite a while longer before we discover what Project Zodiac is.