Yesterday Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, further refining the design language first introduced with the Galaxy S6 series. One thing Samsung wasn’t so clear on was the processor inside the device. We were told that, depending on the market, you’d either see a Qualcomm or Exynos chip, but that’s about as detailed as Samsung got.
Later in the day, it was actually US Cellular that first confirmed the US version would have a Snapdragon 820. But what about the markets that are using the Exynos? Samsung has now formally announced the Exynos 8 Octa, its 2nd generation premium mobile processor on 14nm FinFET technology, is being utilized in the Exynos version of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
The continuous adoption of our Exynos processors in flagship smartphone models like the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge underscores our technology leadership in the mobile SoC sector. Integrating custom-designed CPU cores for unrivalled performance and incredibly fast LTE Cat. 12/13 modem, the new Exynos 8 Octa will bring the most exciting mobile experience to Galaxy S7 users. – Ben K. Hur, Vice President of marketing, System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics
Samsung claims the Exynos 8 Octa offers improved performance by 30% and 10% better power efficiency when compared to its predecessor, the Exynos Octa 7420. What that means when it comes to real life use has yet to be seen just yet. It’s also hard to say which will prove to be the better performer in the long run, the Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8.
For those interested in buying the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, if you had the choice, which chip would you choose? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Want to learn more about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge? Head on over to our announcement page!