Exynos variant of the Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) gets an update, brings stability and performance improvements?

Exynos variant of the Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) gets an update, brings stability and performance improvements?
Our resident Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F)—also known as the Exynos variant—has just received a prompt for a new update. Weighing 74 megabytes and change, the new update brings no obvious changes to the new flagship, and retains the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow moniker. 

Interestingly, the change log attached to the update is rather mysterious. Instead of specifying what's new, Samsung has instead gone for the more cryptic—and quite vague—"a software update can include, but is not limited to:..." What can change? Here's the log:

  • Device stability improvements, bug fixes;
  • New and / or enhanced features'
  • Further improvements to performance

Given the tone of the above quoted sentence, we obviously can't be sure that any of these apply in this case. We played around with the Galaxy S7, trying to find something new, but nothing jumped at us. That said, it does feel as if the S7 is a bit snappier than before, specifically when digging through the menu tree in Settings. It goes without saying that the ol' placebo effect might be screwing with us now that it's been suggested that performance might be improved.

For those curious, our resident Galaxy S7 edge (also an Exynos flavor) hasn't received an update prompt—at least not yet. Given the early phase of global roll out for both these devices, a minor update such as this one is not at all untypical. 


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  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

probably better core balancing, seems slightly off now and then.

2. supracer

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Everyone is getting updates even security updates except me!! Wtf??!!

16. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I haven't gotten that one either but I have edge so we will see, but it will likely arrive to both.

21. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I receive and install today this update on my unlocked S7 Edge 935F, Exynos variant. It installs a little beat hard (stayed around 25 min. to update) that I tought somehow that it is blocked and unrespinsive. Till the end it installs. Nothing new visible there. Perhaps under the hood. But what to want more? S7 Edge is a great performer (looking, working and battery aside).

24. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I came back to say the only thing that I feel different is the audio call quality.

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I have had the update to my uk sim Free edge ver, it's 100% faster even got 6700 in geakbeach

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because this is likely the International variant of the phone which Samsung can easily update because it doesn't have USA carrier garbage on it where you ahve to wait for the update from the carrier.

3. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Do a battery test for the exynos.

5. dubaiboy78

Posts: 446; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

go to gsmarena for battery comparison between exynos and snapdragon varient. Exynos WINS!!!

8. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I know that. Also the exynos wins in the test by ars technica and geekbench. But PA uses a custom script and I want to see the results in that.

12. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

23. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Would love to know what your take would be if you were offered between the Exynos and snapdragon variant of the s7. So far it seems the Exynos edges out the sd820 in battery department and real world usage performance.

25. tyrionTheWise unregistered

There are also other differences like: No time limit on 4K recording in exynos vs 10 min on SD Exynos has much better audio chip Better optimization in UI Root available and you can get custom kernels. I would definitely get the exynos. It seems so much better that I feel like US customers are getting cheated. That being said, I will wait for anandtech deep dive.

26. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Anandtech deep dive is awesome.

27. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Minus their silly Javascript benchmarks, running different (non stock in the case of Samsung) browsers on different operating systems to draw conclusions about their relative processor power.

4. dubaiboy78

Posts: 446; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

i got this update yesterday. So far, so good!

7. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Still waiting on the S7Edge.

22. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

It's coming. I received in this morning in Europe.

20. martinjhm271

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2015

Hi,can you run some benchmark with the new update?antutu,geekbench etc

29. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Geakbench you can now get upto 6700 Antutu now always gets 131000 unlike before where you had to run it 2 times, it now also stays at 131000

6. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

they made it worse so the bad S820 can keep up :x

9. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Thanks for the tip. Fkof Samdung I won't be installing this pos. That means the SnapDragon is crap. As always has been.

13. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

He was sarcastic...

15. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

but yeah...SD820 can`t keep up with exynos in the S7`s atleast.

10. sagemda

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

already got it some days ago

11. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

I got the update. Haven't noticed anything either.

14. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

its just a security update "March"

17. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Only thing I've noticed is the Chrome browser has become more jerky at scrolling, but that could be a coincidence.

18. Coguar

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

I also get this in Croatia T-Mobile s7 edge Exynos

19. Romain

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

I live in France, I have already received this update for several days on my Galaxy S7 Edge.

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