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UK Samsung Galaxy S7 'less powerful' than iPhone 6S


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Brits and Europeans purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets could be getting a raw deal when it comes to performance, according to new benchmarking tests.

The EU version of the new smartphone, which features the new Samsung Exynos 8890 processor, is outperformed by the A9 chip sitting within 2015’s Apple iPhone 6S, AnTuTu tests have revealed.

According to the benchmarks (via Telegraph), Apple’s A9 processor’s score of 132,657 outpoints the Samsung built Exynos 55098, which racks up 129,865.

Whatsmore, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, which sits within Galaxy S7 handsets sold outside of Europe, handily beats Exynos and A9 chips with a score of 136,383.

It’s a similar story when it comes to graphical performance. While the Snapdragon 820 which uses the Adreno 530 GPU, tops the charts with a 55,098 score, the Exynos 8890 (Mali-T880 MP12 lags behind with a 38,545 total score.

The Apple A9’s GPU (PowerVR GT7600) performance sandwiches the S7’s processors with a 39,104 score.

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Samsung’s 2016 flagships were launched at MWC 2016 last month and will go on sale on March 11.

The company has not explained why it has chosen different processors for different regions, but it’s a familiar tactic for the Korean firm.

Regardless, AnTuTu still says the performance of the Exynos 8890 ‘is very impressive’

The site writes: “Relying on Exynos 8890, Samsung equals Apple A9 in overall performance. Generally speaking, the performance of Samsung Exynos 8890 is very impressive.”

Would you rather choose which CPU/GPU combination your Galaxy S7 carries? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


March 8, 2016, 12:46 pm

what a BS article!! How much is Apple paying you to write this headline!?

That level of performance difference (129,865 vs. 132,657) is 2%, and has literally no impact on day to day usage. There are much more important differences to consider when choosing between the iPhone 6S and the Galaxy S7.

Trusted Reviews should be ashamed of themselves for publishing this rubbish.


March 8, 2016, 12:50 pm

Sure, but the S7 is coming out 6 months after the 6S. If history is a guide, the iPhone 7 will therefore be a lot quicker than both.

But I agree, these benchmarks are pretty meaningless, especially at this level. OS preference etc. is much more important.


March 8, 2016, 12:59 pm

I completely agree - Apple's mobile processors are by far the best ARM based processors currently available.

I just take objection to this kind of sensationalist headline. Trusted Reviews used to be good quality tech journalism. Now it's just a disappointing mess


March 8, 2016, 1:04 pm

Yeah, half the articles aren't reviews any more, just click-bait recycled PR. They could up their proofreading game too (e.g. "whatsmore", above).


March 8, 2016, 8:24 pm

We can choose apple or samsung in the little straw poll thing above. So, as a person who wouldn't pick either of them on principle I guess I won't be contributing to that one.

Yussef Ibn la ahad

March 8, 2016, 11:27 pm

samsung is bullshitting the world with having 2 chips for the "same product" and i will never buy a ithing i love my s6 edge plus (android since 2009)


March 8, 2016, 11:28 pm

s7 has twice the ram, faster ram, faster internal storage


March 9, 2016, 8:20 am

this is because, in antutu V6:

3. New CPU Testing Added
  The employment of multi-core CPU caused the incompetent of actual using experience and hardware limiting performance. In view of this situation, Antutu V6.0 adjusts CPU testing items and adds several new one, based on practical use with more pratical meaning. Antutu found that in most cases, only one core is doing work and many applications are poorly supported by multip-core.
We increase the proportion of single core test significantly.

A9 and qualcoom have less core but more powerful..
I'm happy to buy an S7 with Exynos

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