Samsung Galaxy S7 could get Snapdragon 820 chips, but UK models may miss out

Samsung's next premium flagship may very well surface with a Snapdragon 820 chip in its backpack next year, says a new leak coming from South Korean Electronic Times.

Samsung's decision to opt for home-grown Exynos processors in the Galaxy S6 series smartphones was based on overheating issues with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chips. However, the chip-maker has stormed back in the devices market, and how. Its once-much-maligned chips now feature in flagships like HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z4 tablet, LG G Flex 2 and the recently launched Microsoft Lumia 950XL and Google's Nexus 6P phones.

The report claims that even though Exynos processors in Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones didn't face much criticism, Samsung will opt for more power in its next flagship phone to boost sales. However, it says that Snapdragon 820 chips will feature in only those phones that will be sold in the United States and China.

This means all Galaxy S7 phones sold in UK may feature either the Exynos 7420 chip or a later version of the same.
What Qualcomm has so far revealed about the upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip is that it will feature an X12 LTE modem that offers download speeds of up to 600 Mbps. In contrast, Snapdragon 810 offers just 450 Mbps.

The Snapdragon 820 chip will also triple upload speeds to up to 150 Mbps and will let you stream multiple 4K Ultra HD videos with faster Wi-Fi support.

So if you were dreaming of enjoying the class of Galaxy S7 and the substance of Snapdragon 820 together, you'll probably have to ask someone living in the United States or China to get one for you.

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