Samsung Galaxy S7 could get Snapdragon 820 chips, but UK models may miss out
As per a new AnTuTu Benchmark test conducted this month on graphics performance of smartphone chips, it turned out that the Snapdragon 820 chip scored 55098 while the Exynos 8890 finished at a meagre 37545 and it even trailed Apple's A9 chip.
The benchmark score reveals that a Snapdragon 820 can support high speed HD gaming or intense use of graphics 32% better than an Exynos chip. Snapdragon 820 is also almost twice as powerful as the Exynos 7420 in terms of GPU performance. Exynos 7420 powers Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones.
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Thankfully for some Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge buyers, Samsung has opted to use both Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 chips in Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones. In the UK, it has been confirmed that Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones will run the Exynos 8890 chips which means you will have to settle for less unless you choose to order a Galaxy S7 from the United States.
The use of two different processors in different models of the same phone isn't unique to Samsung. Back in September, on the basis of some laboratory tests conducted on Apple's A9 chip being manufactured by TMSC and Samsung in 16mnm and 14nm variants respectively, it was argued that the 14nm Samsung-made chip may see a 20 per cent short fall in battery life than the 16nm TMSC-made chip. In other words, if your iPhone 6s contains a Samsung-made chip, it may run out of charge much earlier than any iPhone 6s with a 16nm chip.
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Apple had reacted sharply to such test reports, contending that these tests did not demonstrate real-world usage of iPhone chips.
"Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world use, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state. It's a misleading way to measure real-world battery life.
Our testing and customer data show that the actual battery life of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, varies within just two to three percent of each other," said an Apple spokesperson to TechCrunch.