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

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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  • 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)



1. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

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

19. Frank_Underwood

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

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

30. tyrionTheWise unregistered

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

38. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

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

52. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

89. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

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

102. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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!

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.

132. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

35. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

43. tyger11

Posts: 291; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

48. kumaran55

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 21, 2016

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

104. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 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

56. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 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.)

65. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They can't just keep adding cores.

70. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

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

101. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 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%

117. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

123. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 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

124. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 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

78. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Nah! Exynos sucks! Snapdragon FTW.

86. f_u_006

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

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

103. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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**

119. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 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.

58. ryansc375

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

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

61. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014


66. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

82. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Exactly. Anyone can fake the scores in favour of any OEM. I take this video with a truckload of salt.

138. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

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

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

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