After the Exynos-only Galaxy S6, it looks like Samsung is ready to return to the days of a dual-SoC arrangement for its flagship Galaxy S7, with some versions of the phone running the Snapdragon 820, and some running Samsung’s own Exynos 8890. In the past, the general rule of thumb was that Snapdragon-based models would go up for sale in the US, and Samsung would deliver Exynos-powered handsets to international markets. Now a new leak suggests that may not be the case, and even here in the US, we could get Galaxy S7 models running both Snapdragon and Exynos chips.
Just like the rumor we checked out late last week, we’re looking at two base model numbers here: SM-G930 for the Galaxy S7, and SM-G935 for the Galaxy S7 Edge. Breaking that down further into carrier variants, we see models like the SM-G930V and SM-G930P for Verizon and Sprint, respectively, identified as running Snapdragon 820 chips.
Interestingly, T-Mobile’s SM-G930T and the AT&T SM-G930A from that earlier rumor are identified here as running the Exynos 8890. And looking carrier-by-carrier, this info suggests that wherever the Galaxy S7 needs to access a CDMA network, it will run a Snapdragon 820; otherwise, Samsung’s going with the Exynos chip.
Markets like Canada and South Korea look like they’ll only have the Exynos option.
This idea of a split Snapdragon/Exynos situation in the US would be an interesting departure for Samsung, especially if any performance issues crop up with one SoC. That threatens to put a lot of pressure on Samsung to deliver a consistent user experience across Galaxy S7 models. At least, that may be the case if this leak turns out to be accurate; for the moment, maybe we should just concentrate on tracking down some corroboration.