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While the US gets the Snapdragon-powered Samsung Galaxy S7, Canada will get the Exynos variant

While the US gets the Snapdragon-powered Samsung Galaxy S7, Canada will get the Exynos variant
Just like in the US, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge can already be pre-ordered in Canada, where they'll be released on March 11. However, there's a difference between the US-bound Galaxy S7 handsets and those made for the Canadian market: they're powered by different processors. More exactly, while all Galaxy S7 variants for the US (regardless of carrier) are using Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 820, all Canadian variants rely on Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 8890 chipset - according to Mobile Syrup, this has been confirmed by Samsung. Thus, in case you were wondering, you won't be able to buy a Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S7 in Canada.

Initial benchmark tests have found that the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S7 performed slightly better than the Exynos-based model. Still, it's unlikely that users will feel any significant difference between the two models in real life (not to mention the fact that, chipsets aside, they offer exactly the same features).

All in all, it looks like, except for the US and China, all other markets around the world will exclusively get Exynos-powered Galaxy S7 smartphones. Is anyone upset about this?


source: Mobile Syrup

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posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:49 6

1. torr310 (Posts: 769; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I am more upset about not being able to unlock bootloader.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:40 10

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10422; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I would be upset with being stuck with TouchWiz.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:15 8

11. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


4gb Ram with Exynos 8890. Expect no lags or stutters.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 03:14

62. cheetah2k (Posts: 1490; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Australia is getting Exynos. Man I can't be happier about that!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:37 7

16. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7792; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Why do you have to be stuck when you can choose another Android OEM?

Dude that's just dumb. If use its than you're stuck with Apple. Even Windows Phone has more than one OEM.

You never have to be stuck with TouchWiz.

Why don't you stay in Apple article?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:33 2

26. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


We are free to express our opinions and thoughts. It's called democracy?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 21:11 1

34. tedkord (Posts: 9855; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I would just be happy to have the best regular sized smartphone available. But I'll pass, because I've already got the best phablet sized one, the Note 5.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 21:42

61. phichart (Posts: 229; Member since: 03 May 2014)


I love touchwiz... I don't have any issue with touchwiz... yes.. lagged on S3 and note 3 but since note 4 laggy free.... I have bought NOVA, APEX and other launchers as well but I don't use it.. I love Touchwiz...

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:24 1

15. xocomaox (Posts: 111; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


This is the main reason I can't buy a Samsung phone. Too bad, they make nice handsets.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:51 3

2. jellmoo (Posts: 1455; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Yup. If you head over to the Bell Canada site to pre-order, the specs list an octocore processor, pretty much confirming it's the Exynos version.

Kinda sucky if you are interested in development, but then if that's the case you probably aren't so interested in Samsung devices anyway.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:20

3. BLSEOTB (Posts: 329; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Wooo! Canadian here.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:23 6

4. Bernoulli (Posts: 3704; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I dunno, I think that this time the snap dragon has exynos' ass handed pretty well.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:17 4

12. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


The Exynos Cpu and Gpu has been underclocked to meet the same performance. Or-else the Exynos kicks @as the SnapDragon always.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:38 4

17. combatmedic870 (Posts: 546; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


The SD is clocked at 2.2 and the exynos is clocked at 2.3...

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:34 1

27. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Where does it say 2.3ghz?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:40 3

30. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


2.3ghz is A53 Cpu, not A57, and 2.1ghz is Exynos, while 2.3ghz is Snapdragon.

Look it up gsmsrena.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:01

47. combatmedic870 (Posts: 546; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


When did these new processors start having A57 cores? They have A72 cores. Stop

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:04

49. combatmedic870 (Posts: 546; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Btw would REALLY HOPE a Octacore can beat out a quad core of the same gen A72 and A53 processors. It would only make sense....

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:53 1

51. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


A53 cores are crap comparing it to A57, and A72 is extreme. Just like the i7.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:47 1

19. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Give it to the next big update in software and the exynos will get faster why the sd820 will not, happens all the time when they do 2 cpus

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:17

24. Bernoulli (Posts: 3704; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


U no English? Anyway clocked or underclocked I'm just stating the numbers.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:35 2

28. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Underclocked. Where did English come from?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:45

31. Bernoulli (Posts: 3704; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I have been able to trace it as far back as Hebrew.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 21:06 1

32. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Look whose here? It's Mxzyptlk.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 21:37

35. Bernoulli (Posts: 3704; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Yeah just saw him post something, so what? Do you think before you post? Serious question.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 03:09 1

46. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Exynos is clocked at quad 2.3 ghz + quad 1.6 ghz.while S820 is running dual 2.15+dual 1.6 ghz. Still S820 is kicking the exynos a$$.
And BTW i suspect exynos 8890 isn't that great. Because samsung didn't boast anything about it announcement.Nothing about there custom cores or maybe its cotex a72 ones.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:34

50. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


According GSMarena. Exynos 8890 is Cortex 53 Octacore. No M1 Mongoose.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:46

56. may_czos (Posts: 708; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Fast cores in the 8890 are clocked at 2,3Ghz or even up to 2,6Ghz for two of them. SD820 cores are clocked at 2,15Ghz. Samsung underclocked the GPU but that's because of power consumption - 12 cores were draining the battery.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:30 5

5. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Woo, lucky for them. they have custom sound chip for their phone.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:36 2

6. bucky (Posts: 2441; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I will take a custom made Samsung chip first any day. The only crappy part is a lack of development

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:44

8. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


With Farook iPhone case, I wonder everyphone will be easily ported with any custom ROMs by anyone in the future. Government will not allow that.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:19 4

13. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I will be buying it sim free unlocked Exynos version. Here in UK. We have the crappy Snapdragon here. Lucky those Asian getting home brewed version.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:49

22. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


, we have the exynos in the uk, what are you on about, all networks and sim free

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:36

29. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


It states only in Asia is Exynos. Rotw Snapdragon.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:50 1

9. jove39 (Posts: 1775; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Apart from people who like custom roms...only qualcomm is upset about this!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:41

18. combatmedic870 (Posts: 546; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


I don't think Qualcomm/Samsung could handle the orders....the 820 is going to be in every flagship phone. The exynos is only in the S7.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:23

14. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


That women holding the phone is very pretty

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 21:41

36. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


She is seeing something/one. A Godzilla?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:47

20. KidAndroid (Posts: 27; Member since: 04 Nov 2014)


Hell yeah so pumped we are getting the Exynos, while the Snapdragon benchmarks higher the Exynos will and always is better in real life use and won't heat up. After a short time of gaming the Snapdragon will heat up and run slower than the Exynos I guarantee. The Snapdragon is a sprinter while the Exynos is the long distance runner, it will also be better on battery life. An all built Samsung device, it doesn't get any better

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:10

23. Tziggy14 (Posts: 436; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


Excuses excuses excuses.

I know it sucks that you Canadians get the short end of the stick on new products but at least try and make reality of the situation. Exynos chips are not better than Snapdragon.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 21:08 1

33. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Jealous jealous jealous.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:52

57. may_czos (Posts: 708; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Incorrect. They're both made in the same process while Exynos has 50% more cores to feed and generate heat. Besides - Adreno GPU runs cooler than Mali, even the hot 810 was better for gaming because Adreno 430 is cooler than Mali-T760MP8.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:57

59. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Is that the reason Samsung last year flagships overheat in VR mode?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:18

25. ChaoticRage (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Jan 2016)


Looks like Snap Dragon brought the goods this time so this doesn't really matter. But the 810 really suck. Too bad the Nexus 6P didn't get the 820.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 23:55 3

38. GameKing95 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Exynos 8890>SD820.

True Story.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 00:11 1

39. Shubham1221 (Posts: 37; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


I never liked this samsung policy.Releasing a same phone with two different processors is not good.I always prefer qualcomm snapdragon over Exynos except last year.Samsung keep doing it for years now.Other flagship phones never done it like LG,Htc,Sony and motorola.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:57 1

52. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


It costs Samsung to dear to make the Exynos, so Snapdragon always give a bargain price to Samsung. Because they know thier Snapdragon always loses to Exynos.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:22 1

53. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


More like to cover the loss over Apple A10 order. If SD 820 inferior to Exynos, Who wants to buy SD 820? It just politics. But thanks to Samsung revealing overheat problem earlier.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 00:15

40. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


Kinda sucks. We are stuck with the exynos too. I certainly wouldn't choose to buy this version of I had an option.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:29

41. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I still have no idea which version I'm getting in U.K as different stories give conflicting details.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:34 3

42. twens (Posts: 952; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Sometimes I wander if people on this site are geeks or just retards? The exynos 7420 was dope what makes you think this customer made 8890 will suck ass? Smh, some comments I read here just make me think people aren't all that smart on this site like they pretend to be.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 02:11

43. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Geeks dont like Exynos. My experience with SD phones are not good. They are lags as hell. Too bad, no Samsung with Novathor, TI OMAP chips this days. They are very good.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 02:15

44. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1456; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


I wish Samsung made the GS7 with a Single SoC across all the variants. Be It SD820 or E8890.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 02:38

45. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Yeah. No one will complaints because they have sucky Snapy sound chip just like GS 3 SD version

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:03

48. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Just looking at GSMarena GS 7 data sheet. No M1 Mongoose cores on Exynos 8890 SoC. Is SD 820 really that bad to make Samsung replace M1 cores with overclocked Cortex 53?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:56

54. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


And no A57. And Apple is using A57 on thier iPhones, which TyrionLanister says it's better and faster. I've course it would be. Why did he not realise it's A57 vs A53. That's unfair.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:44

55. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Yeah, It surprises me. The Big cores are just overclocked A53. I hope it os just mistake. I never have been a fan of SD. It is even inferior compared to Novathor SoC with lower clock.
And one more thing. Dont mess with a Lannister.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:56

58. may_czos (Posts: 708; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Are you high? M1 cores are custom architecture based on A72 cores.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:02

60. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Is GSMarena release wrong data sheet about Exynos 8890?

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 12:29

63. srgonu (Posts: 215; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I tried opening few apps and opened installed game for around 2 mins (didn't play) at Best Buy yesterday on S7 Edge. Damn it started getting hot. Phone is beautiful and exceptional to hold but that 820 processor is s**t. Hope Samsung releases unlocked Exynos version in states.

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