Exynos-powered Galaxy S7 appears to be faster than its Snapdragon 820 counterpart

As I’m sure you’re well aware, Samsung launched two variants of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge — one with a Snapdragon 820 CPU and the other with the South Korean manufacturer’s homegrown Exynos 8890 chipset. The former is only available in the US and China, while the latter can be found on shelves in the rest of the world.

Early benchmarks revealed that the Snapdragon 820 model was, in fact, more powerful than the Exynos 8890-powered unit. Initially, it was believed that Qualcomm’s processor was quicker than Samsung’s in-house alternative pulling an incredibly impressive score of 5,423 in a Geekbench test, whilst the Exynos chip received a rating of 5,946.

Now that the handsets have reached us, the public, it looks like the tables have turned. If you take the two side-by-side comparisons uploaded to YouTube into account, it appears that the Exynos 8890 variant of the Galaxy S7 is actually significantly more powerful than the Snapdragon 820-driven Galaxy S7. Not only does this model boot and open applications faster but it also renders video at a significantly faster rate. The possibility exists that this substantial difference in performance might be specific to these units unless we see more videos pop up on YouTube with similar results. This could also be due to a Samsung fault with optimization since the Snapdragon 820 has returned higher benchmark scores in some tests.

Check out the comparisons below:

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1 year 1 month ago

So that’s mean I am a lucky guy having Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with an Exynos Variant!

1 year 1 month ago

too bad samsung is neglecting gpu performance.
fixing that will cause the system to actually work flawlessly.

apple is 3 times faster with gpu performance… espcially after seeing exynos throttles down 50%!!!

1 year 1 month ago

I use to have a samsung galaxy Note 3 the 32 GB version with 3GB Ram octacore processor.
But to stupid to understand and disrespeck Customers that operating system updutes are important to them. I am F. Tired of samsung shity lag of update support. After getting to know samsung stupid dawn of O.S support i directly switched to Nexus.
Now having my Motorola Nexus i run the greatest and latest Operating Sijstem Andriod Marshmallow 6.0.1 and soon andriod N 7.0.
The time while you samy fans are complaing and yawning when to receive the next os update. I advice u leave shity samsung and switch to Nexus or Sony better update support and service

1 year 1 month ago

Still both versions reload apps. Apple A9 still outperforms both of the versions.

1 year 1 month ago

Last year when I saw Samsung releasing gs6 with exynos chips, I thought that was the announcement of a universal Galaxy S7 which would save much more time for software upgrades. Unfortunately Samsung decides to go to the opposite way. I am almost sure that one version will be left out for coming software updates for some hardware reasons as it once did with the exynos version of galaxy s3 which was supported by 1 gb RAM and never received kit Kat

1 year 1 month ago

Yes. I still can’t believe S3 never got past Jellybean, yet runs Marshmallow on custom ROMs…
S5 is on 5.0 yet S4 on 5.0.2
Their update policy is… Unique

1 year 1 month ago

Battery life should be much longer on the Exynos version, unlike the snapdragon variant of the S7.

1 year 1 month ago

Tbh it’s not going to be an issue as both phones is amazingly fast and smooth. Plus it will be difficult in real world to see the difference as the chances of the different SOC being compared side by side.

It’s a very good business decision from Samsung point of view.
1. They got the contract to make the SD chip (presume part of the contract states the s7 needs to have this chipset. This will mean they will make more money from competitors
2. SD caters for certain vendor needs in USA
3. Exynos is used to keep parts coat down for as many markets as possible

PS the UK s7 has proved to be super smooth and fast, especially compared with the speedy s6 (mm updated)

1 year 1 month ago

Sure…. it’s better optimized!!!

1 year 1 month ago

Even though I don’t care at all for the possibility of aosp, I would still choose snapdragon for the always listening option (for google now, which only works when powered for exynos version)

1 year 1 month ago

We knew that would be the case from the moment Samsung announced there would be two variants of the GS7/GS7E. It proves Samsung are too stupid to understand the best way to take over any marketplace is to work under a banner of ‘One Device For All’. Thing is, it also proves convincingly that everything GS6/GS6E owners are going through right now re: delays of MM updates, will in 12 months time bite those buying the latest flagship in the backside with the same lack of respect!

1 year 1 month ago

Awesome, Canada is getting the Exynos version!

1 year 1 month ago

Yep, & more power efficient, another flop from Qualcomm !!

1 year 1 month ago

Bought an Exynos Note 4- now I can enjoy the world of no roms. No, seriously, just go with Snapdragon. That 100ms difference is not worth it. The SD820 is a great chip.

1 year 1 month ago

to bad the SD820 have a locked BL then ;)

1 year 1 month ago

First I thought S820 is the obvious winner but it seems Exynos 8890 is really something. not everyone of us is gonna be gaming 24/7 so the smoother one is gonna be better in everyday use and that’s when exynos 8890 version turns out to be more efficient

yousef jaber
1 year 1 month ago

I was really disappointed when i saw the big differences in gpu benchmark between the the two
But now i am really impressed !
Btw i got yesterday the marshmallow update on my s6 920f here in egypt
I gotta say it’s much better

1 year 1 month ago

Why are you posting a non english video

1 year 1 month ago

I knew this would be the case. It is their own chip.

1 year 1 month ago

Exynos has the faster CPU and Snapdragon has the faster GPU. Most benchmarks confirm that.

10 months 5 days ago

True. But the Exynos version use less power. It’s good for gaming with a Moga gamepad like me

1 year 1 month ago

It as a fast start on the Gpu, they are about the same after 5mim