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

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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30 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 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

20. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 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.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 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 reviewhttps://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/iPad-Pro-9.7-benchz.010.pnghttps://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.pnghttps://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Tablet-Benchmark.011-980x720.png

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 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

24. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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)

25. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

The GPU of SD820 isn't better.

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Best 2016 mobile soc : exynos 8890

3. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 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)

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 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

4. Zylam

Posts: 1807; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Why are they doing this?

6. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

This just might be S7 mini or other variants

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Maybe for a cheaper variant to be sold in asia

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

9. JcHnd

Posts: 255; Member since: Apr 30, 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 :)

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

12. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

S7 Active?

13. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

S7 Mini?

17. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

S7 Lite

22. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 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?!

26. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 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).

27. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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

23. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I hate MTK. WTF Samsung?

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's fake, see my post above

29. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

thanks man

30. Tech-8816

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

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