Galaxy S7 chipsets do a US-Canada border crossing
Leaked benchmarks have been telling the stories of where we might see certain variations of the Samsung Galaxy S7 might go. Sure, the regional variants have their own antennas, but the major catch that techies are looking for is the chipset used: will it be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 or Samsung’s own Exynos 8890?
An AT&T variant was caught with a Snapdragon while a Canadian variant was tested with an Exynos unit. It turns out that Samsung is able to confirm that we can extrapolate those findings and conclude that the US will see the Snapdragon Galaxy S7 units while the Exynos Galaxy S7 will stay in Canada.
Samsung made its decision with consideration to the major networks in each country and their standards. Two first-tier US carriers, Sprint and Verizon, use the CDMA standard, something the Exynos chipset is not equipped to handle like the Snapdragon is. Canadian carriers do operate CDMA networks, but use is limited to feature phones.
It has been long-believed that Samsung took the dual-chipset approach to equipping its Galaxy S7 devices because it would not have been able to produce enough Exynos chips in time for shipping.