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: