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FCC confirms U.S. Galaxy S21 models will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Leaked RendersSource: Pigtou

What you need to know

  • Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S21 has appeared in a new FCC listing.
  • The listing confirms the U.S. variant will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chipset.
  • There is also mention of 9W reverse wireless charging support.

Yesterday, the first Galaxy S21 promotional videos leaked online, confirming the official naming scheme. The Galaxy S21 has now been spotted on the FCC website with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chipset and support for 25W wired charging.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FccSamsung Galaxy S21 Fcc

Source: FCC

When Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 888 chipset last week, Samsung was notably missing from the list of manufacturers working on devices powered by the platform. However, the FCC listing makes it quite clear that Samsung isn't ready to ditch Qualcomm for its own Exynos chipsets yet.

Just like Samsung's current best Android phones, it is likely that the Chinese and South Korean variants of the Galaxy S21 series phones will also use the flagship Qualcomm chip. In all other markets, we expect the phones to be powered by Samsung's rumored 5nm Exynos 2100 chipset.

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In addition to confirming the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, the FCC listing for the SM-G991U also reveals the phone will come with faster 9W reverse wireless charging speeds. When it comes to wired fast charging speeds, however, the Galaxy S21 will not be an improvement over its predecessor. The FCC listing also mentions a travel charger with model number EP-TA800, but it isn't clear if the charger will actually be bundled in the box with the Galaxy S21.

The Galaxy S21 series is expected to be unveiled at an Unpacked event next month. Although Samsung hasn't confirmed a date yet, rumors suggest the event could be held on January 14.

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