If you’re an average smartphone user then you could be forgiven for thinking that all variants of a specific device are exactly the same internally. As you may or may not be aware, that’s sometimes not always the case, and specifically in the case of Samsung’s new Galaxy S7, it’s most definitely not the case. This newly released video highlights that fact by putting the Snapdragon 820 powered Galaxy S7 (available in US) against the Exynos 8890 powered Galaxy S7 (available in international markets) in a head-to-head speed test.
Anyone who has watched videos of this nature will know the drill by now. The stopwatch gets started on each device at the exact same time, and then the devices are put through a series of speed test runs. The test here includes launching a variety of popular utility and gaming apps downloaded from the Google Play Store, and then running through round 2 which involves launching the same apps again, but this time from the multitasking area of the operating system to see how well each device handles keeping processes in memory.
After the initial launch of the first three apps, which were the Camera app, the Gallery app, and the system Settings app on the S7, it becomes immediately apparent that the Exynos 8890 jumps into an initial lead and looks to be almost one app launch ahead of the Snapdragon 820 variant. Although the Exynos variant remains one app ahead of the Snapdragon model, it’s interesting to see that the Snapdragon variant does make some ground up when rendering a video file in the Lapse It Pro app.
After the first round of app launches, which also included ending on the Amazon website and loading both mobile and full versions of the site, the Galaxy S7 with the integrated Exynos 8890 processor managed to finish a full 10 seconds ahead of its Snapdragon 820 counterpart.
There was a chance for the Snapdragon 820 model to win the second round by being extremely performant in recalling apps from the background. Alas, that didn’t happen, with the Exynos 8890 completing both rounds in 2 minutes and 3 seconds, and the Snapdragon 820 version falling 38 seconds behind with a total two-lap time of 2 minutes and 41 seconds.
You can check out the full test in the video embedded below.
Fragmentation? Sure is.