Samsung confirms Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will offer the Exynos 8 Octa, in select markets

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 22, 2016
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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!

  • Kevin S.

    Snapdragon will be US only. Everyone else will get the Exynos Version only. Extremely stupid since it means no custom roms for the S7 outside of the US. This kills my Interest in the Phone instantly since I hate BloatWiz

    • SaRPeR

      Galaxy S7 Exynos version is better than Snapdragon 820 version in terms of performance.

      • Kevin S.

        Source? Anyway Still doesn’t solve my gripe that they keep their Exynos Architecture locked down which means no stock based roms.

        • Vincent

          Thats BS. I have the S6 with Exynos and there are plenty debloated custom ROMS on XDA. Yeah true that the choice is smaller then Qualcomm devices, no official CM for instance.

          But if you just want a debloated ROM there will be enough choice. AOSP will be a problem though.

          • Kevin S.

            made myself more clear that I specifically meant AOSP based roms

      • Ichibanmugen

        You never know about raw performance or computing performance until proper benchmark tests have come out and there are none out yet. most people will likely not notice the difference between the SD and the Exynos. However in the past the Snapdragon SOC had better bettery life compared to Exynos. Plus there are usually better roms and support for Qualcomm compared to Exynos as one is open and the other is closed for the customization community

      • Ismail Akram

        What proof you have? or just pure ignorant Samsung fan?

      • Jake

        That is true, seeing as Samsung manufacturers the Exynos SOC in house it would be easier and faster for them to code tweak firmware in order for their devices to make better use of their Exynos SOC. Also given Qualcomms history of their SOCs running allot hotter than any other SOC on the market. I would stay away from any Snapdragon equipped device.

    • Kevin S.

      Made myself more clear I know that there are debloated Roms but I still don’t Like TouchWiz’s UI and there are no Vanilla Android based Roms for the S6 as far as I know.

  • Diego

    I don’t get it, the 8890 is faster then the sd820 so why have it in select markets only?

    • Ichibanmugen

      Likely it will depend on the manufacturing. Same with all other phones released int he past the exynos SOC will be released for the Asian markets (Asia/Middle East) and SD820 for EU. not sure about the US but this has been the case for most models in the past.

      • Vincent

        In Europe we will get the exynos this year.

        • Ichibanmugen

          Seems Samsung is really expanding internationally with her own SOC!

          • Josiah McMillan

            Samsung has had Exynos everywhere except the Americas (meaning both continents) in all phones since the S2 with the exception of the Note 3 which was SD everywhere except Korea and the 2015 phones which were all Exynos worldwide

    • thorsten garbe

      Its all about lte. Sd820 has lte build in for the US & canada
      Exynos needs an extra chip for US LTE.

      • Juschan

        but not for european lte standarts? or are they the same as asian standarts?

        • Josiah McMillan

          it’s only ever the US LTE bands that they either have to use a SnapDragon or have a separate chip for so it might be licensing issues or something along those lines

          • Juschan

            thanks i never got the point of using two different chips. doesn’t make any sense if considered from an economical pov…

    • Ismail Akram

      How is it faster or its just an idea in your head? or cuz 8890 have 8 cores vs 4 on SD820?

      • Diego

        8890, geek bench, single core, 2300, multi core 7550.
        SD820 geek bench, single core 2160, multicore 5160.

  • Pepé Sastré

    Interesting question, I asked myself the same thing earlier today… i cant decide which one … exynos has better specs and performance than SD820… But Im a guy who flashes custom kernels and rom every week! Im trying new stuff in my device really often… Sucks we have to decide for one… If they worried more about their customers theyd put exynos sources available and everything devs need for custom rom/kernel…

    • Ismail Akram

      I think SD820 will more powerful in GPU department and Exynos 8890 powerful in CPU.. Most benchmarks will confirm this, beside Exynos will be better in MultiCore tests too cuz of 8 vs 4 cores.

  • Rohit Raja

    OKAY who is ready for the Galaxy S8 Edge-less…….

  • Kukujiao

    Exynos version , stock android is boring shit anyway

  • Benoit Bourdua

    Snapdragon please! Will make things much easier to get an AOSP or Cyanogenmod build that’ll work.

  • MrHollow

    After the garbage fiasco from last year with the shit throttling on the SD 808 and 810 chipsets I’ve decided to ignore qualcomm for now.

  • saksham

    well the exynos 7 was better than SD 810 in CPU as well as GPU in most tests so i can safely go with the exynos

    • TheDude

      The SD810 was a rushed failure of a chip so it’s not a very good base to predict off of.
      (One key difference is that the 810 utilized stock arm cortex A53 and A57 cores, while the 820 uses Qualcomms custom in house developed hydra cores, which I hope, are not failures.)

  • Dave

    I’d choose the SD820 over the Exynos this year to have better custom ROM support. While I didn’t have to flash any ROMs on my Nexus 5 as it’s already rocking vanilla I definately want to have a big choice of ROMs on a TouchWiz phone. But I live in Europe, so supposedly I have to stick with Exynos :(

  • KVragec

    I’d go with Exynos. Simply because i do not root my phones and i kinda like “All in house” solution. But i do think that SD820 and Exynos 8890 are both excellent SOCs and i can’t say which one is better than the other. But i think it would be great if customers could choose between the two versions.

  • TheDude

    Based on previous years, the SD version will utilize the DAC supplied by Qualcomm (which is usually meh) while the exynos one will have a dac from wolfson.

    so I guess the exynos version will have better audio quality output.