2016 is a year that is more than likely going to be dominated by the Snapdragon 820 where processors are concerned. While Samsung and NVIDIA certainly have a number of processors available, they often tend to be used in only their own products, if 2015 is anything to go by at least. We’ve been hearing all sorts of things about the Snapdragon 820, and Qualcomm themselves have been more than happy to keep providing small details here and there. Pegged as a return to form for Qualcomm after last year’s disappointing Snapdragon 810, it looks like the San Diego firm has something of a winner on their hands. Where Samsung is concerned, it appears as though the South Korean firm is to release two variants of the Galaxy S7, one with their own Exynos 8890 and another with the Snapdragon 820, which has allegedly been benchmarked over at AnTuTu with much better GPU performance.
According to a post that surfaced on China’s Weibo network, a Galaxy S7 – with the model number of SM-G930F – was tested in France running an Exynos 8890. This scored a sizeable 105,000 points, which is impressive, but not as impressive as the 125,288 points that a SM-G935A Galaxy S7 Edge scored with a Snapdragon 820 onboard. As the AnTuTu team is detailing, it’s likely that this gap between the two scores is down to the improved performance of the GPU inside of the Snapdragon 820, which features an Adreno 530 which is clocked higher than the previous Adreno 430 and is said to feature a much better design overall. The Exynos 8890 will be packing a standard ARM Mali-T880 GPU, whereas Qualcomm have been developing the Adreno line of GPUs for a few years now, which is presumably why the 820 seems to be performing better in terms of graphical performance.
Regardless, it does seem as though Samsung is to launch devices with both Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 configurations. This might seem strange compared to last year’s exclusively-Exynos Galaxy S6 line, but before then this was standard practice for Samsung. Traditionally, carriers and networks throughout the West have preferred devices running Qualcomm hardware, and offering two variants keeps consumers and partners of Samsung’s happy. Hopefully, the performance gap shrinks a little before the final retail version hits shelves the world over, as we doubt International customers will be happy in getting a lesser variant of the device.