Word on the street is, there will be two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7. One is said to rock the Samsung-made Exynos 8890, while the other is said to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 under the hood. The question is, how many units will feature the Exynos 8890, and how many units will feature the Snapdragon 820. A report claims to know the answer to that question.
Exynos 8890 / Snapdragon 820
This year, Samsung stayed away from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC and opted to mainly use its homemade Exynos 7420 octa-core CPU for the Galaxy S6, reportedly due to the former’s overheating issues. Next year, however, according to Korean-speaking Hankooki.com, will be different. With Samsung’s engineers reportedly helping Qualcomm manufacture its next-generation chipsets using the Korean tech giant’s 14 nm process, it would make sense for Samsung to make use of the Snapdragon 820, fine-tuning the CPU for the Galaxy S7.
Going back to the report out of South Korea, the report says that Samsung is planning to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC on half of the units of the Galaxy S7, while half of the units will rock the Exynos 8890 SoC under the hood.
According to a past report, units of the Samsung Galaxy S7 headed to the markets such as the US will make use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, which makes sense since the CPU features an LTE modem that is perfectly suited for the various 4G networks used in the country. The source of the report, however, reconfirms that the Exynos 8890 SoC will also feature an LTE modem made by Samsung that supports LTE Cat. 12, which allows users to enjoy more from download speeds of up to 600 Mbps. Interestingly, this is exactly what the Snapdragon 820 has to offer. Past reports claimed that the version of the Galaxy S7 headed to Europe will feature the Exynos 8890 SoC.
The source of the report adds that there may be issues with yield with the Exynos 8890 SoC, which is why Samsung has reportedly decided to make use of the Snapdragon 820, making sure the Galaxy S7 will not be in short supply.
Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.
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