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Samsung Galaxy S7 is probably the fastest smartphone available at the moment.

Samsung stepped up its efforts from last year, installing much more improved hardware that ensures this device achieves the topmost performance levels possible.

In so doing, the company also seems to have made some huge mistakes. Last year, the South Korean tech giant used a single processor in all of its Galaxy S6 models. This has changed this year, with U.S.-destined models shipping with the latest Snapdragon 820 whereas other regions will work with the company’s own Exynos 8890. In fact, it has already been confirmed that the UK will be receiving the Exynos-powered model, unlike before.



According to the latest benchmarks coming from popular testing tool Antutu, the two CPUs’ performance varies by a reasonable 5%. However, the difference grows significantly to 32% when it comes to graphics performance, which is with no doubt a huge concern for gamers as well as virtual reality enthusiasts.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 scored a massive 55,098 on Antutu while the Exynos 8890 only managed a score of 37,545 as far as GPU performance is concerned. On the other hand, CPU performance scores stood at 136,383 for Snapdragon 820 and 129,865 for Exynos 8890. Even though benchmarks cannot be used to give the final verdict, the huge differences showed in terms of GPU performance send a different message.

One will be asking, how this s relevant? Well, as mentioned earlier, gamers will be the ones on the receiving end. Today, most mobile games are becoming more and more demanding and with such reduced performance levels, playing games on Samsung Galaxy S7 with the Exynos 8890 CPU might be a little less pleasant.

To make matters even worse for buyers, they will be forced to choose between a Snapdragon 820 model and an Exynos 8890 model based on their gaming needs. But how possible is this?

The fact that owners of the same device (which also costs the same price) enjoy different performance levels can dent the company’s image. Upon realization that the Exynos 8890-based Galaxy S7 is not very effective in gaming, it might open way for other players using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset to break into these markets, thus spoiling the party for Samsung.

At the moment, it is difficult to tell how owners will react upon noticing this difference. However, the only proven way to get a Snapdragon 820-powered Samsung Galaxy S7 is if you live in the U.S. Otherwise, an Exynos 8890 model is coming your way.

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