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Samsung Galaxy S7 versions powered by MediaTek Helio X20 / X25 surface on Geekbench

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Samsung Galaxy S7 versions powered by MediaTek Helio X20 / X25 surface on Geekbench
If a series recently-leaked benchmark results are any indication, Samsung is about to launch two MediaTek-powered Galaxy S7 versions.

As many might already know, the Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC or an Exynos 8890 SoC, depending on the market. In the US, for instance, the Galaxy S7 is powered by the Snapdragon 820. North across the border, Canadians are treated to the Exynos 8890 version of the Galaxy S7. If that wasn't confusing enough, buckle up, as it looks like two additional Galaxy S7 powered by MediaTek chipsets are in the works as well.

A smartphone called the Samsung SM-G930W8 has been recently spotted in the Geekbench database carrying one of three different chipsets. Before we take a closer look at this SoC variety, we probably should remind you that the SM-930 is the codename that Samsung uses for all of its Galaxy S7 versions, and, historically, Samsung has been attaching a W to the codenames for Canadian variants of its previous flagships.

Aside from the usual Exynos 8890 version of the phone, the Geekbench database also shows the SM-G930W8 coming with either a MediaTek Helio X20 or a Helio X25, two chips that integrate deca-core CPUs. Both the Helio X20 and the Helio X25 are basically the same chipset, although the latter model runs at higher clock speeds. 

Note that these chips have yet to make their way into a commercial smartphone. Earlier this month, MediaTek said that its new chips will start reaching the market at some point in April.

Looking at the Geekbench results, it looks like the Helio X20 is a bit slower than Samsung's own Exynos 8890, although we should also note that the Helio X20 comes with 3GB of RAM, not 4GB as the other models. The MediaTek Helio X25 version of the Samsung Galaxy S7, on the other hand, is about as fast as the Exynos 8890 version. Unfortunately, however, we can't read into these results too much, and we'll be unable to properly quantify the performance of the new MediaTek chips until we get a review unit in our hands.

Obviously, there's no way to tell if these results are actually coming from real Samsung prototypes, or if this is all the work of a trickster. We'll be keeping an eye our for any developments and we'll be here to bring you up to date when new information on these alleged Mediatek-powered versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7.

source: Geekbench via GSMArena

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posted on 28 Mar 2016, 17:22 1

1. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2929; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I have a feeling they'll be even worse than SD820, as if that wasn't already bad enough:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Speed-test-shows-Exynos-powered-version-of-Samsung-Galaxy-S7-outperforming-Snapdragon-820-model_id79635

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:03 3

5. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


And arstecnica's review showed the 8890 versions of both phones have better battery than the S820's

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:20 9

10. vincelongman (Posts: 4423; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The S7's battery life is amazing, especially the 8890 model

https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Samsung-benchmark.010-1.jpeg

https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Samsung-benchmark.011-1.jpeg

The 8890 S7e has even better than the iPad Pro 9.7", which is 646min for Wifi browsing and 469 for WebGL

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:05

20. zunaidahmed (Posts: 803; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


now, where did you find data for iPad PRO? You can't really compare two data from two different website because they have totally different test methodology. BUT, S7 does have good battery life, thats for sure.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:36 2

21. vincelongman (Posts: 4423; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Its also from Ars
But the iPad Pro 9.7 review just came out day, so its in the graphs from the S7 review

Here's the graphs from iPad Pro 9.7 review
https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/iPad-Pro-9.7-benchz.010.png
https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/iPad-Pro-9.7-benchz.011-980x720.png

Also here's the graphs from the Pixel C review (Pixel C has a bigger battery, but the X1 is 20nm, while the A9X is 16nm)
https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Tablet-Benchmark.010.png
https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Tablet-Benchmark.011-980x720.png

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:08 3

7. vincelongman (Posts: 4423; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Samsung must have forgot to port the memory fixes to the 820's firmware

Round 1 wasn't surprising
The Exynos has decently better multi core performance, single core performance is very close and GPU is close too
So the Exynos should have a slight lead in app opening

Round 2 is surprising
There's no way reason for why it ran out of RAM, other than poor coding/optimization from Samsung

Hopefully Samsung fixes this quickly
Its pretty shocking that S6 users had to wait for Marshmallow for their memory issues to be fixed

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 02:16

24. Zack_2014 (Posts: 378; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Lol memory issue hasn't been fixed on the S6 even after Marshmallow.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 19:53

14. ibend (Posts: 4573; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


the only thing that better in SD820 is their GPU, but it doesnt matter if game's max fps capped at 60fps, 8890 also can reach that fps in most games..
(SD820 also have quick charge 3.0, but S7 didnt use that, so it doesnt make any different)

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:48

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


The GPU of SD820 isn't better.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 17:38 8

2. abdoualgeria (Posts: 397; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Best 2016 mobile soc : exynos 8890

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 17:41 3

3. bucky (Posts: 2563; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Best new chip of 2016 so far. still a lot to go.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:22 2

11. vincelongman (Posts: 4423; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Other than X20, X25 and Kirin 960, there's no other chip for another ~6 months
Looks like the 8890 will have the crown until then

But then its only another ~6 months for the next wave of Snapdragons and Exynos (assuming they still their 12 month cycle)

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 20:04

16. ibend (Posts: 4573; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


you forgot about fruit chips..
but it doesnt matter tough, lol

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 21:11

19. vincelongman (Posts: 4423; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Like I said, those aren't coming for another ~6 months
That's ages in technology, not really a fair comparison

It would be surprising if those didn't outperform the 820/8890 because of the 6 month difference
Same for the 820/8890 vs A9 and 2017 Snapdragon/Exynos vs the A10

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 17:43 3

4. Zylam (Posts: 753; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Why are they doing this?

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:06 6

6. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


This just might be S7 mini or other variants

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:16 2

8. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Maybe for a cheaper variant to be sold in asia

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 19:57 1

15. ibend (Posts: 4573; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


I guess its to battle with cheap G5 in latin america (and maybe HTC also throw their cheaper M10 variant there)..

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:19 1

9. JcHnd (Posts: 97; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Mediatek... its cool, cheaper guts but works really well, i cant complain, most of my recent phones used mediatek and most of them were really good :)

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 20:10 1

18. ibend (Posts: 4573; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


sadly its still stuck at 20nm to keep the price low...
hope they move to 14/16nm next year, as the other move to 10nm

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:58

12. BLSEOTB (Posts: 332; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


S7 Active?

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:58 1

13. BLSEOTB (Posts: 332; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


S7 Mini?

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 20:07 1

17. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


S7 Lite

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 01:26

22. johanbiff (Posts: 400; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


single multi

exynos 8890 4GB 2140 6416
Helio X25 4GB 1904 6019
Helio X20 3GB 1662 5943

A 10-core Soc can`t even beat the 8890.
I read somewhere that Samsung is releasing a downclocked 8890, why not use this instead?!

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:52

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


1) Geekbench is trash.
2) X25 has only two big cores
3) X25 isn't top class SoC.

As for the news I didn't find any traces of Mediatek powered S7 on the Geekbench side. G3930W8 is powered by universal8890 (Exynos).

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 12:36 2

27. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


They are on there but some pages down,https://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/5783021
I
https://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/5792696
But they are fake, they are reporting as ARM MT6797
And not arm v8
And the Motherboard is being reported as the model number
100% fake, also Samsung never uses the same model number for a change of cpu

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 01:47

23. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


I hate MTK. WTF Samsung?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 12:39 1

28. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


It's fake, see my post above

posted on 31 Mar 2016, 02:01

29. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


thanks man

posted on 26 Apr 2016, 02:12

30. Tech-8816 (Posts: 20; Member since: 18 Apr 2016)


OUKITEL K6000 Premium with Mediatek Helio X20 and 6GB RAM, Hong Kong Global Resources Electronic EXPO, watch the description video on Youtube: GEEK LOVE.

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