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UK Samsung Galaxy S7 ‘less powerful’ than iPhone 6S

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.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S8

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.”

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