Unnamed BlackBerry device is run through GFXBench revealing Exynos 7420 SoC inside

According to a GFXBench benchmark test of an unnamed BlackBerry handset, it appears that the company is testing the Exynos 7420 SoC. Samsung employed the chipset on its high-end Galaxy handsets. The rest of the specs include a 5.1-inch display, with a 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution. An octa-core 2.1GHz CPU is under the hood, along with the Mali-T760 MP8 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. On back is a 16MP camera, while the front-facing 5MP snapper will shoot selfies and handle video chats. Android 5.1.1 is pre-installed.

Before we go any further here, let's quickly point out that these specs might seem awfully familiar, They happen to be the same specs that you would find for the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Considering that it is easy to play games with benchmark results, we need to take this with a couple of grains of salt.

The follow up to the BlackBerry Priv could be the device that has been code named the BlackBerry Vienna. This model appears to be less of a premium model than the Priv, with a physical QWERTY that is always displayed. Three physical Android buttons rest on top of the QWERTY (reminding us of the quartet of physical Android buttons found on the Motorola DROID X).

If this is legit, the device would join the Meizu Pro 5 as non Samsung phones that roll with the Exynos 7420 SoC inside.

source: SamMobile

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57 Comments

1. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

The best Soc running concurrently from 2010. The Sony Z and LG phones should've had these, instead of Snapdragon.

3. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Nope...S800, S801 and S805 are better than same generation Exynos soc. It's S810 that ruined qualcomm's reputation.

7. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

The obvious difference is the number of cores: the Exynos is an octa-core chip and the Snapdragon is a quad-core chip. So while the Exynos cores are clocked at lower speeds than the Snapdragon cores, there's more of them. ARM's big.LITTLE architecture in the Exynos chips also allows the four ''smaller'' cores to handle lighter tasks and the four ''bigger'' cores heavier tasks as well as individual cores, courtesy of Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP).  2.When all eight cores are firing at once the performance of an Exynos chip can dwarf that available with a Snapdragon. This wasn't always the case, but recent Exynos chips have consistently outgunned their Snapdragon equivalent in benchmarking tests.  3.There's also differences in RAM speed. Take, for example, the Snapdragon 801 and Exynos 5430, two of the most popular chips of 2014. The Exynos 5430 can support 2133 MHz of RAM speed compared to the Snapdragon's max RAM speed of 933 MHz. The same is true of the semiconductor size and memory bandwidth. The Exynos 5430 has a smaller semiconductor (20 nm compared to 28 nm) and can handle faster data speeds in memory as well.

15. woz7luv7

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

Qualcomm launched 801 in Feb, 2014 with 2 variants, 8974-AB & 8974AC. But 8974-AB was used by Xiaomi Mi 3 which launched in Sep, 2013. Samsung launched 5430 in August, 2014.

34. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

There was a 3rd 801 varient: MSM8975-AC found in LG G3.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Source for the Exynos 5430 supporting 2133MHz RAM? Also you have to take into account memory bus width as well A wider bus with slower ram can still have more memory bandwidth than a narrower bus with faster ram IIRC the 805 had better memory bandwidth than both the Exynos 5430 and 5433 Since the 805 had a 64-bit dual-channel bus, it maybe even the first for a phone SoC, I think only Apple's iPad AX SoC came before Wikipedia says 5430 = 17.0 GB/s 5433 = 13.2 GB/s 805 = 25.6 GB/s But the 5433 did have a faster CPU and GPU

20. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

And that's what counts, the faster CPU. The 5430 were A15s vs Kraits A9+A15=800, mixture of A9+A15.

24. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

You also need to remember that the S800+ are clocked from 2.1+GHz vs 5430s are clocked at 1.6ghz, which is really unfair and cheating. If the 5430 was clocked at 2.1ghz, even the S808 will be on par.

42. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's not how it works... Clocking the 5430 at 2.1Ghz would cause it use much more power and cause more heat Basically, the Krait cores are smaller, so clock for clock, they use less power and cause less heat than the A15s BUT since Kraits are smaller, they require those higher clocks to match the A15s performance

49. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

How is that cheating? The 1.6 GHz clock speed is a limitation of the 5430. It physically can't go any higher without compromising battery life or thermals. That's the benefit of the Krait architecture, it's efficient and cool enough to be able to be clocked that high. I don't think you know how this works. Different architectures have different benefits. Comparing two different architectures and saying it's "cheating" for one to be higher clocked is just stupid. If that chip can be clocked higher without sacrificing stability, it should be.

51. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Typical SheepDroids' superstitions 1. HMP is EXTREMELY situational. Both big and LITTLE cluster don't share the L2 cache. In vast majority of cases activating both results in performance penalty. 2. read above 3. The LITTLE cluster has half the memory bandwidth of the big one. It's better to have the higher bandwidth all the time than forced to switch between both. ARM's big.LITTLE is actually a big.LIE, a cheap power saving measurement at the cost of performance.

52. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

You have a point there, but still it tops Apples Cyclone socs. That's up to OEMS of how much cache they want to use. 2-3-4-5 or 6mb cache. Arm just made a standard terms of structure.

55. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Groupie girl!! How was that time out? Learn your lesson yet?

8. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

I have to disagree with you.

14. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I agree Jove39.

9. middlehead

Posts: 463; Member since: May 12, 2014

No chance that LG uses a Samsung chipset, there's too much bad blood, and old bad blood. And that's ignoring the face that LG's trying to get back into chip making for themselves. Sony, maybe they would.

35. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Finally...another vendor than Meizu to buy Samsung SoCs

36. Amo5500

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 23, 2015

But BB is nothing. They only produce very small volume phone compared to Meizu. Meizu is producing 10x more phone than BB.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

What does that have to do with what he said? Or did you create your account an hour ago just to troll?

43. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Created an account just to troll did you? You must be Waky Wahu or one of the other trolls with a duplicate account.

50. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Certainly looks that way. Left an unsurprising review of the Z10 in the litter box. I can tell he put of effort into the review as it is informative, well thought out and gave it the lowest score possible. Also, I think using the term troll is incorrect. It's giving real trolls a bad name.

2. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Samsung really came out with a winner... so much so that even the 'beastly' A9 doesn't stand up to it (checked the numbers recently, it wins only with the single core scores, other than that it matches or falls behind)

10. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

the A9 hammers it in single core and stays cooler while it loses in multi core obviously. maybe you read it upside down?

21. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Apples iOS is very light platform, which relys on single core, while Android rely on multi core, due to heavy OS.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who cares about single core scores outside of you and PA? IOS and Android are both capable of handling multiple cores and both do so. No app you install runs on a single core. It is impossible on a mukti-threaded OS. The A9 is a loser, get over it and yourself.

30. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol techie, can always count on you for a useless post. Other than the newest Samsung chip most haven't even caught up to the a8. Head over to anandtech and have a read. It's shorter than most of your posts

4. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

I'd consider it, that is the best SoC out atm.

5. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

BlackBerry is using last year's left over stock from Samsung. Not a bad thing, if they get good discount on Exynos.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2477; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I did predict months ago that the partnership between Samsung and Blackberry would run deeper than software collaboration. I had a feeling that Blackberry would release a device running Samsung hardware. Obviously, that wasn't the Priv because more than likely that device was already in the works before Samsung and Blackberry announced their partnership. I can only see good things coming from this.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. The partnership between BlackBerry and Samsung runs much deeper than what's been observed so far. It will be interesting to see what else develops between the two.

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