Difference in Samsung Galaxy S7 chips will lead to a noticeable performance difference, analysis finds
Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge devices sold in the UK next week will be less powerful than those sold in other markets.
The British version of Samsung’s latest devices will be powered by an in-house Exynos 8890 processor – not the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset used in other countries.
And according to benchmarking data from performance specialists AnTuTu, this will leave British consumers with the less powerful device, as the Galaxy S7 equipped with an Exynos 8890 scored lower in its tests compared to the version with a Snapdragon 820 (which is actually also made by Samsung).
According to benchmarking data from AnTuTu, this will have a direct impact on performance as Galaxy S7 equipped with an Exynos 8890 scored lower in tests compared to the version with a Snapdragon 820 (which is actually also made, but not designed, by Samsung).
AnTuTu’s findings also show that the Snapdragon 820-powered Galaxy S7 will be more powerful than Apple’s most recent devices the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
Both use the Apple A9 processor, which scored fractionally lower than its Qualcomm competitor.
The Snapdragon 820 also came out on top when it came to GPU performance, which measures the smoothness of interacting with a device’s display and how well it can process video and gaming content, scoring significantly higher than both Apple’s A9 and the Exynos 8890.
The Samsung handsets were shown off at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month. The 5.1 inch Galaxy S7 and 5.5 inch S7 Edge both feature day long battery life, enhanced camera and more powerful hardware than their predecessors.
This is not the first time a leading smartphone’s performance has been impacted by which company manufactures its components. Last October, it was claimed that the battery life of the iPhone 6S was up to two hours less on the version powered by a Samsung chip than those featuring a TSMC chip, due to differences in the manufacturing procedure.
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