Samsung is rumoured to have ditched its old system of developing flagships for a new system that reportedly allows it to roll out flagships a few months faster than expected. This means that the Samsung Galaxy S7 may make its official debut as early as February. We also heard that the Samsung will reportedly make two versions of the S7 – one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU under the hood, while the other is said to sport a new Samsung Exynos chipset. Now, a variant of the S7 with an Exynos chipset has been benchmarked.
Samsung Galaxy S7 with Exynos 8890 under the hood
According to previous reports, Samsung has put Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 CPU under rigorous testing, as the Korean tech giant wants to make sure if the processor suffers from the same overheating issues that plagued the Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. Reportedly, Samsung has given the Snapdragon 820 the green light. Select markets are said to get this version of the Galaxy S7.
So what made Samsung decide to give Qualcomm another chance, after the Snapdragon 810 overheating fiasco? It likely has something to do with Qualcomm’s skill in making LTE modems that allow devices to download and upload at groundbreaking speeds.
As for the version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 with a new Samsung-made Exynos chipset under the hood, two versions have been spotted in Geekbench (screenshots above). One version is codenamed “Project Lucky-LTE,” while the other has been codenamed “Project Lucky.” Both versions come with the Exynos 8890 (codenamed Mongoose) LTE modem. Interestingly, Project Lucky is listed to sport 3 GB of RAM, while Project Lucky-LTE is listed to come with 4 GB of RAM. Past reports have claimed that the S7 will be available in two different screen sizes – one with a 5.2-inch screen and one with a 5.8-inch screen. If we were to guess, Project Lucky is probably the 5.2-inch version, while Project Lucky-LTE is likely to be the 5.8-inch variant. This would make a lot of sense, if the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with its 3 GB of RAM and its larger version (Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus) with its 4 GB of RAM is anything to go by.
Going back to the processors, Project Lucky scores slightly higher than Project Lucky-LTE, due to its higher-clocked cores. Its octa-core processor is clocked at 1.5 GHz maximum. Project Lucky-LTE scored slightly lower than Project Lucky, due to a lower-clocked octa-core processor, clocked at 1.38 GHz maximum.
Note that Samsung is likely testing the new Exynos chips on prototypes, so the scores may be different with the final product.
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