Samsung Galaxy S7 reportedly posts decent benchmark scores with Snapdragon 820
Ah, yes, the Galaxy S7! “The next big thing.” Apple’s worst nightmare. And remarkably enough, a relatively well-kept secret for the time being, in spite of countless rumors floating around the interwebs for many months now.
They say Samsung’s first 2016 flagship could break cover as early as January, which may in part depend on how fast Qualcomm gets the Snapdragon 820 chip ready for primetime. The Exynos 8890 alternative should begin mass production soon, and those heat pipes likely needed to keep everything nice and cool are also in the making.
But will raw performance differ on the two main Samsung Galaxy S7 configurations? If we choose to trust a mysterious Weibo tipster who claims he saw the SD820 version benchmarked, at least in pre-release prototype form, there’s nothing to choose between them.
Future US and Chinese buyers of the phone are purportedly looking at minimum Geekbench scores of 2,400 and 5,400 points in single and multi-core tests respectively, the latter comfortably eclipsing the synthetic muscle of the iPhone 6s Plus, and the former falling somewhat short of great expectations.
Once again however, these are early benchmarks executed with unpolished software and, possibly, hardware subject to last-minute changes or optimizations, so it’s certainly good news the GS7 already matches today’s heavyweights.
More importantly, the aforementioned scores put the Snapdragon 820 handheld slightly ahead of the Exynos 8 model in single-core speed, and 1,500 points or so behind the European and Korean variant in the multi-score section. Wait, 1,500 is actually a worrisome gap, which Samsung and Qualcomm have to work diligently to narrow… if all the numbers are legit.