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Speed test shows Exynos powered version of Samsung Galaxy S7 outperforming Snapdragon 820 model

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Speed test shows Exynos powered version of Samsung Galaxy S7 outperforming Snapdragon 820 model
Last year's Samsung Galaxy S6 used the Exynos 7420 chip worldwide, which was a departure for Samsung. The manufacturer usually stuck with its Exynos chips outside of the U.S., and  devices shipped stateside usually were powered by a Snapdragon SoC. But worries last year about the Snapdragon 810's propensity to overheat led Samsung to change things up and stick with its own home-grown chip.

Things returned to normal this year when U.S. and Chinese versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 launched with the Snapdragon 820 chipset inside. The rest of the world gets a Galaxy S7 powered by the Exynos 8890 SoC. Both chips are definitely capable, but there will be those who want to know which one provides the superior performance.

A speed test captured on video might give us an answer, although the U.S. model is loaded with some AT&T bloatware. Before the test was run, all of the bloatware that could be removed was taken off the handset. Also, keep in mind that because of the human aspects involved, scientifically this doesn't give us an exact answer. Still, at the end of the test, the Exynos 8890 powered Galaxy S7 completed the run-through 38 seconds faster than the Snapdragon 820 driven model.

So does this mean that Galaxy S7 owners in the U.S. should mope around for the rest of the day and be depressed? Hardly. If owning the Snapdragon powered Samsung Galaxy S7 is depressing to you, you might need professional help that goes beyond the boundaries of what we can offer.



source: PhoneBuff via RedmondPie

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posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:30 43

1. Panino (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)


I'm glad I took the exynos version ;-)

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:56 4

19. Frank_Underwood (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


But the development for the Exynos version is just painfully poor!

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:06 39

30. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Still better than the locked bootloader of Qualcomm variant. At least you can root the exynos.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:17 24

38. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


In simple term there is no development for Snapdragon from now on. So Exynos is better.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:34

50. izim1 (Posts: 445; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I missed the announcement that the bootloader on the SD820 is permanently locked. Only thing I could find was tmobiles CEO implying they're working to provide options to unlock. Perhaps you have a source to the statement?

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:39 1

54. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


I guess " tmobiles CEO implying they're working to provide options to unlock." implies it's locked.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:52

63. izim1 (Posts: 445; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Locked "from now on"... Because that's what you just said. So again I ask when was it announced that it was permanently locked "from now on"? If you don't want to provide a source that's cool, I get it. Maybe just a general date when the announcement was made and I can narrow down my google search?

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:54

64. izim1 (Posts: 445; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


And I'm assuming you're aware that just about every OEM has unlocked a locked bootloader in the past. Locked doesn't mean "from now on" in most cases....

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:05

68. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Yes I am aware of that. At&t and Verizon lock there Samsung phones for good (encrypted). Every device comes with bootloader locked and some can be unlocked through just one ADB command some (like motorola) need key from OEM (which voids warranty on their side). Here locked was used in context as locked for good. I read the news saying S7 bootloader locked on tmobile S7, unless it was for good there won't a news. And qulacomm came up with some secure boot of their own too. I read it somewhere and can not recall now.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:10

73. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


But the non-flagship Snapdragon 400 and 600 series have and will forever have UNLOCKED bootloaders.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:36 2

52. zeeBomb (Posts: 1834; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Damn the snapdragon variant is locked? Such a shame. At least in Canada Bell has the Exynos one :)

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:42

89. barondebxl (Posts: 131; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


LLol it's funny you say that because only the exynos variant has root now. No Snapdragon Variant is rooted yet.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 15:43 4

102. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Galaxy S7 SD820 variant has locked bootloader...
But other OEMs will offer SD820-powered phones with an unlocked bootloader.

And the fact that Snapdragon chipsets were developers-friendly is because Qualcomm releases the source codrs of their chipsrt, unlike Samsung.

So, even with an unlocked bootloader, Galaxy S7 Exynos variant will not be developers-friendly, untill Samsung releases the source code of E8890!

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 22:41 2

126. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


LG locks the boot loader too. It's the Qualcomm secure boot that's locking the bootloader. I guess other OEMs will follow suit.

This is mainly done for secure payments.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 02:35

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


Samsung has released the Source Code of E8890 powered S7.

http://www.sammobile.com/2016/03/11/samsung-releases-kernel-source-files-for-exynos-powered-galaxy-s7-edge/

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:14

35. torr310 (Posts: 791; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Both Verizon and Sprint are not compatible with the Exynos version.

Exynos is more power-efficient and also faster. So this time the U.S. get the inferior product.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:19

43. tyger11 (Posts: 133; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Good thing there are more carriers in the US than Verizon & Sprint.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:30 6

48. kumaran55 (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)


Speed test, What the fu..that? I don't trust them (Apple fanboy site).

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 16:07 5

104. vincelongman (Posts: 4150; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Maybe Samsung forgot to port the memory fixes to the 820's firmware

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

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

Hopefully Samsung fixes this quicker than it took to fix the S6's RAM issues

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:43 4

56. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Looks Exynos to be much better. IMO Samsung made mistake with note 4 when it came out, the exynos 5433 was much better than SD805. They should have made it 64 bit and use in all note 4 models. They did well with S^ and messed up in S7. Samsung has room to improve GPU (make it MP16 from MP12), I don't see qualcomm coming with new SOC, so for note 6 go for Exynos only. (Given note sells less than S series, using different chip doesn't sounds great idea either.)

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:03

65. UglyFrank (Posts: 1601; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


They can't just keep adding cores.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:06 4

70. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


T880 supports up to 16 cores, so I guess they can.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 15:42 2

101. vincelongman (Posts: 4150; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


For GPUs, they can
GPUs scale linearly with more "cores"/clusters
e.g.
The A9X/A8X have double the clusters as the A9/A8, and therefore double the performance

Samsung could definitely use the MP16 on 14LPP, but would need reduce the clock rates down to say 450-550 MHz, which would improve performance by about 15-25%

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 18:58 1

117. hung2900 (Posts: 951; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


For what? These GPU shader cores are pretty big, leading to bigger SoCs. It doesn't cost more, but also affects yield significantly (needs more wafer and the defect rate from silicon lottery is higher).

GPU in Exynos is way better than Snapdragon (ignore that s**t Antutu pls). The reason is it's way better in term of power consumption while only just more than 10% less powerful than Adreno 530.
For a simple calculation, Samsung can clock GPU 770Mhz like E7420 instead of 650Mhz, and the performance will be a little bit better than Adreno 530. But now as an Exynos S7 user I'm pretty happy with the long battery life and cool temperature while running heavy intensive games smoothly.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 22:07 1

123. vincelongman (Posts: 4150; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I'm just saying its possible
Since many users here, such as UglyFrank, don't know that GPUs scale linearly with more "cores"/clusters

Yes, cost will go up because of more die spaced needed
But you are wrong about power consumption
If Samsung used MP16 @ 450-550 MHz, it would perform about 15-25% better and be even more power efficient as well

It's a balancing act of cost vs perform/watt
MP12 @ 650 MHz is very nice indeed
But it could be better, same for the 820 and A9

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 22:15

124. vincelongman (Posts: 4150; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Edit:

Cost will go up because of more die spaced needed (less dies per wafer)
And more die spaced needed means worse yields (like you said)
So they need much more wafers for both those reasons
More wafers means more costs

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:18 3

78. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Nah! Exynos sucks!

Snapdragon FTW.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:28 3

86. f_u_006 (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


Tbh Snapdragon needs some serious tweaking and improvement, i scored 90k in Antutu for my S7 Edge (S820).

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 15:48 5

103. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


@f_u_006

You totaly rely on benchmarks to be conviced about the performance of a chipset? That's retarded to say the least!

Rather do real-life tests, like web-browsing, video playback and gamming.

AnTuTu my a**

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 21:32

119. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 438; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Although these kind of performance test really can't speak to real world usage, that's awfully low. Did you turn off power saver mode? I scored 129k on my s7 snapdragon, while being interupted by a few facebook notications.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:47

58. ryansc375 (Posts: 23; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Sorry for the obvious question, but where in the U.S. can the Exynos version be purchased? Thanks!!

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:48 2

61. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Ebay.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:03

66. marorun (Posts: 3366; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


This test mean nothing many similar test have been done in the past showing different result depending on who made the video.

Too easy to fake anything on this as they said nothing scientific about it.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:24 3

82. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Exactly. Anyone can fake the scores in favour of any OEM.

I take this video with a truckload of salt.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:55

138. dazed1 (Posts: 326; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


On all 3-5 videos i saw, 8890 destroyed the 820, so yea it does matter.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:34 7

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The S7 is s**t anyway LOL jk but seriously the S7 Edge is s**t......

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:37 47

4. Frank_Underwood (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


But the real sh!t is your comment!

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:49 7

13. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Technically real SHIT comes out your ASS

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:53 32

16. Frank_Underwood (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


True. And thats why i believe that your insanely useless comment came outta your a%#. Walked righted into that one, didn't ya? :D :p

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:58 2

24. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Technically it came from my mind and out of my fingers as I typed it. Words can't come out your ass mate.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:14 13

36. Frank_Underwood (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


Of course, you are right, it can't come out of my a**. But clearly, it can, out of yours.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:27 2

46. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Fine you got my ass with #16 lol.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 14:28 4

87. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


You got owned by Frank_Underwood.

Lmfao

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:37 4

5. cncrim (Posts: 803; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Ok, can you name few reasons why it is s**t? BTW, did you real use both phone?

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:47 15

10. tedkord (Posts: 10602; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


He's trolling. Don't feed him.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:48 1

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


What this guy said lol.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:48 2

11. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8817; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You're right, the S7 is the sh!t. No other phone can even touch it!

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:50 2

14. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


True, the S7 is a beast I just don't like the Edge.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:56 5

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The Nexus 6P, Moto X Pure Edition, and the iPhone 6S Plus beg to differ.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:58

21. Frank_Underwood (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


^This.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:01 3

26. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The Moto X Pure Edition is a POS. Just like the G5 and V10, Sd808 and QHD no thanks I'll pass.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 16:46

108. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I meant the 2015 model, not last year's model or that POS the Nexus 6.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 17:06 1

112. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The moto x pure edition(2015) has the Sd808 and a QHD screen. GPU and FPS wise the Nexus 6 is better than the moto x pure, the Nexus 6 is a way better buy than the x pure.

https://gfxbench.com/compare.jsp?benchmark=gfx40&did1=21908072&os1=Android&api1=gl&hwtype1=GPU&hwname1=Qualcomm+Adreno+%28TM%29+420&D2=Motorola+Moto+X+Style%2C+Pure+%28XT1570%2C+XT1572%2C+XT1575%29 nexus 6 is better but only by a little.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 22:43 2

127. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Adreno 420 > adreno 418.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 23:07

128. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yep, Mxyzptlk obviously doesn't know their smartphones as well as they think.

I'm sad the Sd805 wasn't 64 bit and never used in a 1080p device, qualcomm should have worked on it a little more and made the 805 their top SOC in 2015.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:19 1

42. nctx77 (Posts: 1759; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


The S7 is nothing but the S6se

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:28 6

47. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


More than SE but at least it is based on 6 month and year old design unlike 3.5 year old design.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 21:42

120. jalebi2000 (Posts: 176; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


Yeah but the 5 had a better design than the 6 in my opinion

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 13:17 3

39. torr310 (Posts: 791; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


It is currently the best s**t in the market.

posted on 25 Mar 2016, 12:36 1

3. Frank_Underwood (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


No surprises here!

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