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Report: U.S. and China bound Samsung Galaxy S7 models to carry Snapdragon 820 chipset

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Report: U.S. and China bound Samsung Galaxy S7 models to carry Snapdragon 820 chipset
A report out of  China released Friday morning (while it was still Thursday in the U.S.), reveals that versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 heading to the U.S. and China next year, will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. Everywhere else, Sammy's new flagship phone will be powered by a Samsung produced Exynos SoC. Breaking with tradition, Samsung employed its Exynos 7420 globally on the Samsung Galaxy S6 this year. But this was not done to start a new tradition. Samsung was just concerned about reports that the Snapdragon 810 was prone to overheating.

The Snapdragon 820 features Qualcomm's proprietary Kryo cores, and the quad-core CPU is partnered with the Adreno 530 CPU. Qualcomm has reportedly done a great job at enhancing its newest high-end chip to cut back on power requirements and offer improved thermal management. The Samsung Galaxy S7 will be released in February, according to the latest rumors.

Samsung has been testing different versions of the phone, sometimes using the Snapdragon 820 inside, and other times loading the device with the Exynos 8890. The latter could be the next Exynos chip that has been dubbed the M1, or Mongoose. There are still rumors that we will see a 5.2-inch model and a 5.8-inch variant of the Galaxy S7 next year, along with a model sporting 3GB of RAM and one with 4GB of the stuff.  When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S7, we are still in flux.

source: Reuters

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posted on 01 Oct 2015, 22:35 14

1. zeeBomb (Posts: 2139; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Whateva. Exynos 8890 ftw

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 22:36 5

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Qualcomm better deliver this year is all I'm saying.

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 23:05 4

7. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


They have to. And Samsung isn't stupid, they wouldn't sell an S7 anywhere with an 820 if they didn't trust it.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 01:25 2

21. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Agreed

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 22:48 1

3. Jerry7 (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Hopefully it will not overheat.

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 22:50

4. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


Still February then?

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 22:54 5

5. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


I'm Fine With It The Sd 820 Should Be Good And Have An Amazing Gpu.

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 23:11 1

8. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm inclined to wait for the 820, but it'll be another year before it shows up in a Moto or Nexus. Maybe LG does something damned impressive with the G5,

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 09:59

53. Ruturaj (Posts: 1450; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


I want to see how 530 does against T860/T880 MP6/8 and apples GPU.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 17:02

58. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Same.

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 22:56 8

6. maddy996 (Posts: 85; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Now I'm more interested to see Exynos M1 rather SD 820...

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 23:14 3

9. Dude2014 (Posts: 443; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


BTW is that Ultrasonic fingerprint technology on Snapdragon 820 real? If I'm not mistaken, they said that technology doesn't require any physical buttons for fingerprint reading unlike any other tech on the market.. That would be game changer in industry indeed. ;O

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 23:17 6

10. zeeBomb (Posts: 2139; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Force Touch 2.0: The force awakens

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 23:24

11. dimas (Posts: 2265; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Going to be released on Feb 2016? Now that's fast! Samsung really want to get out of their losing profit streaks for months.

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 23:34 1

12. penguinbelly (Posts: 143; Member since: 27 Dec 2014)


They should really go down a notch in display size to 5.0".

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 23:41 3

13. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You aren't from around here are you?

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 23:46 5

14. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Get rid of half baked touch whiz and use purer Android software

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 01:30 1

23. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Yea, long overdue. Google also mentioned pure android can also make coffee.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 11:37

55. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Get rid of half-baked pure Android UI and give touchwiz.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 00:08 3

15. Carl3000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


This is probably the best news Qualcomm has had all year.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 00:13

16. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Hmmm, so Canada is getting the Exynos?

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 00:35 1

18. zeeBomb (Posts: 2139; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


I would cry me a Noah's Ark if it were to happen.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 00:21 4

17. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


We all know they are going to have amazing CPUs. What I'm concerned about is GPU. They should be at least as powerful as the ones on the iPhone 6S. And that's pretty hard to do. As the GPU on 6s is about 50-60% more powerful than the Mali t760 mp8 and 60-70% more than adreno 430.

We can already see that given the numbers given by QualComm, the 530 will be weaker than the GPU in A9, which is a shame. Let's home at least the new Mali beats A9 GPU like the t760 thtashed the A8 Gpu.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 01:07 4

19. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


im hoping for Mali T880-mp8 or mp10 for the exynos monster..that will give Apple a run for it`s money

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 01:30

24. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


But Mali isn't built for gaming. The only accepted hardware for gaming on Android is a snapdragon or a tetra processor. This is why the s6 and s6 edge didn't sold well. Same goes for the note 5.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 02:13 4

29. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1533; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Where did you get that from?
As far as I know not only the all games work fine in the S6, it also delivers better FPS than any other phone in the market.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 11:38

56. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Sounds funny because Adreno historically is a bit laggy GPU in games.

Tegra before K1 wasn't something special too.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 01:19

20. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Don't think that Adreno 530 will be sliwer than PowerVR GT7600. If it will really be 40% faster than Adreno 430 then 530 will reach A9.
As for Exynos I predict an MP12 config of Mali GPU (that's equal to 6-core GP7600) put with higher ALU per core ratio (that's a T880) and maybe higher clocks.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 01:29 2

22. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


530 is 40% more powerful than 430. GT7600 is 70% more powerful than 430. Do the math.

Samsung won't use the MP12 variant of T880. And it's unnecessary. Even the MP4 T880 is pretty close in power as T760 MP8. A more efficient process + T880 MP8 is all they need to match the T7600.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 01:33

25. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


But is the Mali built for gaming? Mali only beat the adreno in terms of benchmarks. But what happens if the test was app based?

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