50% of Samsung Galaxy S7 units to rock Exynos 8890 – 50% to sport Snapdragon 820

The common consensus is that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be available in two versions, featuring two different processors. One is believed to feature Samsung’s Exynos 8890 CPU, while the other is believed to come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 under the hood. So now you must be wondering how many units of the upcoming flagship will feature the Exynos 8890, and how many will feature the Snapdragon 820? We may have the answer to your question.

50% Exynos 8890 – 50% Snapdragon 820


When Samsung introduced the Galaxy S6 this year, none of them featured Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC, reportedly due to overheating issues surrounding the said CPU. All units featured the Exynos 7420 SoC, which is made by the Korean tech giant. So will this be the same case next year? According to Korean-speaking Hankooki.com, it will be different.

Samsung’s engineers are reportedly helping Qualcomm manufacture the Snapdragon 820 using the Korean tech giant’s 14 nm process. Since the said chipset will be made in Samsung’s factories, it would make sense for Samsung to make use of the Snapdragon 820, optimising the CPU for the Galaxy S7.

Going back to the report, it claims that Samsung is planning to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC on 50% of the units of the Galaxy S7, while 50% of the units will feature the Exynos 8890 SoC.

We’ve learned from past reports that units of the Samsung Galaxy S7 headed to the US will make use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, which makes sense since the CPU offers an LTE modem that can be used by the various 4G networks used in the country. The source of the new report, however, reconfirms that the Exynos 8890 SoC, like the Snapdragon 820, will also feature an LTE modem with the same capabilities, specifically LTE Cat. 12, which allows users to enjoy more from download speeds of up to 600 Mbps. Past reports also claimed that the version of the Galaxy S7 headed to Europe will rock the Exynos 8890 SoC.

The source adds that the Exynos 8890’s yield may be a problem. This is why Samsung has reportedly decided to use the Snapdragon 820 for half of the units of the S7, ensuring a healthy supply.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.

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