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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: 885; 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: 14180; 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: 1594; 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: 10653; 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: 12219; 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: 286; 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: 151; 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: 1699; 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: 332; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Wooo! Canadian here.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:23 6

4. Bernoulli (Posts: 4088; 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: 673; 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: 673; 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: 673; 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: 2977; 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: 4088; 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: 4088; 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: 4088; 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: 726; 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: 770; 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: 726; 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: 2693; 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

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