Samsung Galaxy S7 to get less powerful chipset in the UK and Europe

The processor inside UK the version of the S7 is less powerful than that found in others, benchmark tests show

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The hefty processor found in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone makes it slightly more powerful than its main competitor, the Apple iPhone 6S - however, Samsung fans in the UK could find their phones are actually less powerful than the iPhone, since they contain a different chipset to those sold elsewhere.

According to the latest figures from AnTuTu, a software which measures the performance of smartphones and other devices, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which is found in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, has a score of 136,383 and is currently the most powerful chip out there.

By contrast, the Apple A9 chip, found in the iPhone 6S, has a score of 132,657, showing that the S7 is more powerful (at least on paper).

However, S7s sold in the UK and Europe contain a third chipset, Samsung's own Exynos 8890. This chip has an AnTuTu score of 129,865, making it less powerful than the other two chips.

When it comes to GPU performance, the results were much the same - the Snapdragon 820 was on top, with Apple's A9 and the Exynos 8890 falling behind in second and third place respectively.

This doesn't neccessarily mean that S7s sold in the UK and Europe will be noticably slower than models found in the US and China, because these benchmark tests don't always reflect how the phones perform in the real world. 

However, it won't come as great news to British Samsung fans eager to get their hands on the most powerful phone around.

Those who have pre-ordered the S7 or S7 Edge are set to get their phones on Tuesday 8 March. It'll become available to everyone else on 11 March.