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Galaxy S7 Snapdragon vs. Exynos Speed Test: Which Model Is Faster?

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The speed test results for the Snapdragon and Exynos processor version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 are out, and reveal which model is faster.

The South Korean company opted for the Exynos 7 processor in the Galaxy S6 due to overheating issues with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. However, the Galaxy S7 launched at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in February this year is available in Exynos as well as Qualcomm processors.

The U.S. variant of the mobile phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, while Samsung's own Exynos 8 processor powers the international iteration of the phone.

The Galaxy S7 may be available with two different processors, but both models have 4 GB of RAM.

"The new custom CPU, powerful GPU and 4 GB RAM make for a potent combination. From launching apps to playing games and streaming video, everything happens faster and smoothly. Your phone will continue to work just like new," says Samsung.

The Galaxy S7 is one of the most powerful smartphones available in the market; however, smartphone enthusiasts would be keen to know which model (Snapdragon or Exynos-based) is faster. YouTube channel PhoneBuff has tested the speeds of the two models, and here are its findings.

The first lap included a test to check how fast apps are loaded from storage. The Exynos version of the phone was about 10 seconds faster in this lap.

The second lap checked if the handset keeps the apps in the RAM so that it is easier for users to switch between them without having to reload the app completely.

The Exynos-powered Galaxy S7 had all the apps open in the background, which makes switching between apps quicker. However, the Snapdragon version of the phone reloads apps from scratch, which takes slightly more time when compared with the Exynos-based Galaxy S7. The Exynos-based Galaxy S7 was the winner in this lap as well.

PhoneBuff says that the Snapdragon 820 Galaxy S7 was running on AT&T, and the carrier loads a lot of bloatware to its phones. For the test, most of the AT&T loaded apps were removed, which means that the software from the carrier should not affect the speed of the device.

Apart from the processor, all other hardware specs, including battery, camera and more remain the same.

Check out a short video of how the speed test for the Galaxy S7 with Snapdragon and Exynos processors was performed.

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