Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 runs the Snapdragon 820 in Canada rather than the Exynos 8890 chip


  • Smanny

    The Snapdragon 820 GPU is almost 30% faster than the Exynos 8890 Mali GPU.

    • Kattman

      Oh I read differently when comparing battery usage

    • LeGND

      Your statement and Smanny’s are both right

      Better battery efficiency and multi-core performance in the Exynos.

      Better graphics (Adreno 530) and single-core performance in the SD820.

    • Mo Dabbas

      But how much different are they. Like is performance difference gonna be noticeably better with the SD820? is battery life going to be significantly better with the exynos? that’s what really matter, the real life performance.

    • Jake

      Google “Speed test exynos vs. snapdragon s7” and click the first link. It’s night and day. I will not get this phone with Snapdragon.

    • Jay

      I just watched a video comparison. Man, that’s depressing.

    • Mo Dabbas

      I got the one from gsm arena. I understand that samsung optimizes their UI better on the exynos, but that is a noticeable difference in performance which on paper the SD should be better at. I’m pretty sure the battery life on the SD would be inferior compared to the exynos. I’m kind of disappointed to be honest.

    • I think for most, those that aren’t super into specs, the difference is negligible. I was hoping we’d get the Exynos like we did with the S7 and S7 edge, though it appears that isn’t the case.

    • thepeddle

      I’m really disappointed in this. Been waiting to upgrade from my Note 4
      and was really hoping for the Exynos. Better battery and RAM management.
      I would get the S7 Edge if it had the S pen.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      BAIT AND SWITCH, Pre Order canceled!!!! Cancel your pre orders your being manipulated

    • Do Do

      They recognize most consumers are born suckers. Few will cancel. If you want to effect change, most would have to cancel and voice why. Most won’t and anyone who doesn’t and is bothered by the switch but simply can’t be bothered to cancel and wait, is a complete sucker.

    • Samsung does not recommend you go scuba diving with the Note 7.

    • h2oflyer

      Some speed test faster ,some slower, but as far as battery 8890 wins hands down

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Ok Butters, whatever you say.

  • Kattman

    Damn…Wanted the Samsung Chip

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      I’m way to well traveled to not know a bait and switch when I see one. CANCELING my Pre Order and sticking to never buying samsung again. Even with the exchange rate a non Exynos device is not worth that much people. I have lots of money cause I work hard but I also vote with it.

    • southerndinner

      You don’t know what a bait and switch is. When something is rumored and confirmed not to be the case, no bait and switch took place. Samsung Canada obviously knows those who care about which processor the Note 7 uses will find out.

      Bait & Switch is for the everyman consumer, not for enthusiasts who look into specs.

    • Diamond Dallas

      You are making a fool of yourself bud

    • Do Do

      Sounds to me like the fools are the ones not bothered by another kick in the balls to consumers.

  • danbob333

    I think both have pro and cons… in the end, if you really want the Exynos, get the Galaxy S7 Edge as it is almost the same phone.

    • Roger

      I really like the S-Pen on my N4 and would get the N7 over S7e. I don’t mind the SD chip as long as it comes with a decent battery life. Something like 5~6hr screen on time on normal use would be enough for me.

  • Paul

    The SD is faster in single-core tests but slower in multi-core tests. The Adreno with the SD is more powerful than the Mali GPU with the Exynos. Battery life is worse with the SD than with the Exynos. It’s unfortunate we’re not getting the Exynos… it’s a better chip for this phone.

  • Sevael

    There have been claims for each chip to exist in the Canadian variant of the Note 7. Some Samsung support staff claim Exynos, some claim Snapdragon. Ask at any mobile provider retail outlet and you will get the same mixed responses. Most of these people are merely speculating. I am currently unaware of any official answer as to which chip the Canadian Note 7 will contain.

    Until an official statement is made by Samsung or someone gets their hands on the Canadian variant and verifies one or the other, I am going with the statement “we don’t know yet”.

    • Mo Dabbas

      ummm….. you didn’t read the article?

      “Samsung Canada has let MobileSyrup know that the Note 7 will receive the same chip as our American counterparts”

    • Sevael

      That statement by itself is meaningless. As I stated, many have contacted Samsung and have received mixed answers. Just because someone at MobileSyrup did the same thing doesn’t mean that suddenly that answer is more accurate.

      Until an official statement is made by Samsung (and not a third party saying “Samsung told us”) then it’s still up in the air. As Samsung doesn’t typically make such press statements, I imagine we will have to wait until someone gets their hands on the Canadian variant to know for sure.

    • We spoke with Samsung’s Canadian PR agency as well as someone internally at the company because we were also skeptical given the S7 and S7 Edge and S7 rocked the Exynos. While it’s possible they’re both wrong, given we’ve spoken to multiple people at the company, we’re pretty confident it’s going to feature the Snapdragon 820. If we hear otherwise, we’ll make sure to update past stories!

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Samsung statement ::: hmmm can we bambusel these stupid Canadians so we can rub Qualcomm better or do we double back ?

    • Igor Bonifacic

      We spoke to the head of communications at Samsung Canada. That’s about as definitive of a source as they come.

    • Sevael

      In light of speculation of this topic on various sites and forums, it might be prudent to update the article with this information.

    • We’ve updated the article as information becomes available, just as we always do here at MobileSyrup.

      We have now spoken to multiple representatives from the company, including people internally at Samsung Canada as well as the company’s PR agency. We’ve done all we can to verify Samsung’s claims that the Canadian version rocks the Snapdragon 820. Trust me, we were skeptical at first as well.

      I also went hands-on with a Note 7 this morning at a briefing for the device held in Toronto. The phone’s model number matches that of the Snapdragon 820.

      Our review device should be arriving at the office soon. When it does, we’ll post a screenshot of the phone’s model number 🙂

    • Sevael

      Sounds good. Glad to see you guys being diligent in keeping us phone addicts informed. Thumbs up!

    • thepeddle

      What’s still confusing is Best Buys pre.order site still shows the Note 7 coming with the Exynos chip as of 10 minutes ago

    • Do Do

      Next time you speak to him, can you tell him I said F U and can you tell him that consumers are sick of the bloatware and can you tell him that I think if bloatware in korea MUST be removable, why isn’t here and can you finish up with another F U? Thanks in advance.

    • Dave

      Exactly. I love mobile syrup but I think they jumped too early here. Some retailers are saying exynos and it even shows up on the specs page. That would be pretty dodgy to advertise one thing and receive another.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Nope they did not jump anything. You think samsung is not reading this???

    • Salinger

      It does seem even Samsung is not being transparent about which processor will be in the Canadian version. On the Samsung Canada Note 7 website, they detail every minutia of the phone, right down to an extreme close up of the sim card tray. Yet, they don’t say which processor it will have, just that it’s “28% more powerful”.

      Perhaps it is going to be the Snapdragon and they know it will be an unpopular choice for a lot of people, so they’re having customers pre-order before letting them know. I guess we’ll find out for sure in a week or less.

    • Jay

      I wouldn’t put it past them. They know the techies want to Exynos chip. Plus, people have a ‘more is better mentality’ so going from 8 cores to 4 will be disappointment.

  • Haythem

    Good thing I didn’t pre-order, I’m not getting anything with a Qualcomm in it. I’ll probably be looking into either an Edge or an international version of the Note 7.

    • I’m gonna cancel my Note 7 order, I was expecting the Exynos variant here in Canada. This alone is a deal breaker.

  • Sam Sammy

    Great just pre-ordered mine 2 hours ago…this is a deal breaker. Think I’ll wait for the Unlocked version. Furious

    • Chris Vizzini

      Don’t be. I have the international version of the S7 Edge and while the battery life is good, you wont to be able use band 20, VoLTE or wifi calling. Get the SD version as none of that works without carrier tweaked firmware that’ll make all that work on their network.

      Also weird little things like even though my carrier allows 1mb texting, the international version will not allow attachments above 350kb. No settings to change it. That’s on the stock messenger which I love. You can get by that with Textra. Also, If I’m on the phone and try to text or use the internet, the signal drops to 3G.

      The radios seem to be weaker on the international version as well so reception sucks. I mean, we are talking -115 dBm.

      So I’m glad to be going back to SD. Battery life isn’t really a problem with quick change.

      The way I figure it, I don’t plan on going to the jungle or someplace without a outlet. So a quick 20 min charge does wonders, if need be.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Yup it’s a massive bait and switch. This entire thing if you think of it from the first leaks. It’s commercial spy ops at its best. Also angry about pre order

    • southerndinner

      How is it a bait and switch? Samsung Canada never officially said it was Exynos.

    • PerryWinkle

      You don’t understand what bait and switch means

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      And you don’t understand that samsung has been doing this for years. The leaks are on purpose

  • Anton Bruckner

    Sounds more like a tradeoff than anything worthy of getting upset over. Most people here complaining about this probably are only concerned about battery life because as far as tasking, few will ever use a processor in these things to the limits of its capabilities or potential.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      It makes me angry that the average user will agree with you . And that I helped promote this thing before I figured out what was happening.

    • Diamond Dallas

      Yes, Gilles, your comments on some niche blog comment section REALLY have Samsung the boost they wanted.

      They really took advantage of ol Gilles’ loyal fan following on this one, those savvy Samsung execs had this figured out from day one using Internet comment section celebrity Gilles to promote da Note

      Gilles how does one become as delusional as yourself, like what’s the story on getting to this level

  • Dalex

    I’m glad I ordered the GS7 edge instead. I’m taking a break from Qualcomm chips.

  • Andrew English

    Not going to get this phone though I would love it. WIND mobile is going to charge $85 a month for the Note 7 and the $60 plan. You have now pay $25 for their WINDTab Boost. This will make the cost the same price as the BIG 3 who are also charging $85 for the phone and their networks are more stable and reliable than WIND.

    • specialk2000

      You’re plan drops back to $35 after two years though

    • Travis Pinky Mcdowell

      or you know go with one of there more affordable plans like the 40 5gb plan. that makes it 65 a month almost 50 dollars cheaper then the big three oh and don’t forget its also cheaper up front then them too!

  • Jay

    What about Samsung pay? Doesn’t it work only on the Exynos?

    • Devhux

      Samsung Pay isn’t processor-dependant. Hence why American models of the S7 (SD 820) have it.

      Of course, Samsung is still saying it’s coming to Canada sometime in 2016, which means they have 4.5 months left

  • ToniK

    Guess they haven’t updated it yet, but best buy still lists Exynos as the chip.

  • h2oflyer

    As soon as someone can get their hands on one, a good verification is the ” Phone info” app which is for Samsung devices only. Build country and date with all chips listed. Everything you ever wanted to know about your Samsung phone.

  • Devhux

    So worse audio quality, battery life, general UI performance, and potentially a locked bootloader (based on US models of the S7/S7 Edge) . Hmm…. Not looking so great compared to my S7 now.

    I’d love the S Pen, but not sure I want to get this now. 🙁

    • Alan Ljungberg

      Yeah if the bootloader is locked it’s a deal breaker for me too.

    • Devhux

      Absolutely! I hated that about the Canadian LG G4.

    • Joe Chemo

      Do you have any proof for “worse audio quality” or are you guessing?

  • Alan Ljungberg

    I wonder if it’s possible to get an 8890 based note 7, maybe from another market, and get it to work with Canadian carriers?

  • Rebecca

    Great. Just bought an expensive case off Amazon and already preordered the Note 7. Have to cancel everything now -.- If only this article was out sooner..

  • Rebecca

    Damn Samsung pulling a fast one again. Just ordered an expensive case off Amazon and have already preordered the phone. If only this article was out sooner. Ugh, gotta cancel everything now -.-

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Yup right from the get go with the 6GB and all that other garbage. Its a bait and switch seriously angry about having to cancel everything aswell. Oh well better to loose our 40 dollar deposit then get scammed for 600$.

    • Devhux

      Well, to be fair, the 6GB & 4000mAh battery was a rumour. Nothing bait & switch about that!

      The processor thing IS bait and switch though, and Samsung should really see the feedback this is getting from the tech-savvy about this. We are the ones that recommend products to friends & family, and our vote DOES have an impact!

    • h2oflyer

      I agree with you that our vote does have an impact, unfortunately, our vote is hammered down at least 100 to 1 by carrier sales reps getting Samsung points, which we paid for amyway.

    • southerndinner

      This clown has no idea what bait and switch even means

    • Devhux

      Me or Gilles? Outside of the rumour mill, there was never any mention that the Note 7 would have 6GB of RAM. Definitely not the case with the swap to the Snapdragon 820, as lots of places were reporting the Canadian model would have an Exynos 8890 and Samsung never bothered to correct them.

    • southerndinner

      Not you, Gilles. Gilles is an irrational wanker.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      the action (generally illegal) of advertising goods that are an apparent bargain, with the intention of substituting inferior or more expensive goods

    • southerndinner

      You’re legit insane

    • Ultimate

      Dude, you are beyond dumb

      Link me to an article that mentions Samsung saying 6GB

      Samsung never said that.

      It’s like me saying here the new iPhone will come with 32gbs and and will do your laundry

      Then when it doesn’t Gilles the self professed rich and well travelled know it all will scream “bait and switch” from the mountain tops despite the fact Apple never said it at all, it was just some guy on the Internet Gilles the Genius decided to believe

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Well they couldn’t pull something like this off to anyone else but a westerner. Europeans and Asians are use to this.

  • JD

    Standard smandard Samsung owes QC an X amount of chip orders for winning QC’s fab bid over TSMC.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Exactly!!! Thank you for restoring my faith in peoples intelligence.

  • ToniK

    Meh… until Best Buy updates its page and someone posts an image of a CAD based Note7 using a benchmarking app showing the processor, I’ll still be under the belief that we’re getting the Exynos 8890.

    • Devhux

      You do realize when the S7 came out, it took about a month for Best Buy to update their page from saying it had a Snapdragon? Best Buy is hardly trustworthy as a source.

    • h2oflyer

      Use the “Phone info” app. Only works on Samsung.

      When I got my S7 , I installed the app while paying for the phone. I was able to confirm 8890, country and date of manufacture, serial numbers, new vs refurbished, root (no) and a lot more.


    good news

  • Jason

    This sucks if proven true..

  • Matt M

    Been looking forward to the Note 7 for quite a while. Won’t be buying it now with the QC chip. Sad.

    • Matt M

      BestBuy is listing the phone as 2.3GHz Exynos 8890 processor and 4GB of RAM… Hmmm

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  • SuperDSpamalot

    I got this information from a Samsung Rep today:

    “Note 7 is an Qualcomm 820 processor”
    “Samsung Galaxy Note7 Canadian Models

    So… Looks like we’re getting the short end of the stick. Anyone know the radio specs on the international version?

  • gusals

    Just talked with a samsung live chat and they said
    Mathew : Yes, I double checked my resources, it will comes with exynos processor.

    Mathew : Those are the third party websites.
    Mathew : It’s confirmed that it will come with exynos processor.

    So I don’t know who to listen because if it’s snapdragon 820, i’m cancelling my order.

    • Matt M

      So frustrating when there is mixed information all from the same source. The details are important. You’d think they’d realize this. lol

    • gusals

      Yep I told them if it is snapdragon I’m canceling my preorder

    • Nick F

      I think mobilesyrup’s reps’ sources are slightly more reliable here as they spoke to people higher up in the organization rather than Matthew, the Live Chat rep. No offense to Matthew.

      According to Patrick from mobilesyrup:

      ” We have now spoken to multiple representatives from the company, including people internally at Samsung Canada as well as the company’s PR agency. We’ve done all we can to verify Samsung’s claims that the Canadian version rocks the Snapdragon 820. Trust me, we were skeptical at first as well.

      I also went hands-on with a Note 7 this morning at a briefing for the device held in Toronto. The phone’s model number matches that of the Snapdragon 820. ”

      I am quite convinced that we will be getting the Slappeddragon :/

    • Geo

      Dexter: I see that you want to whether the device comes with the snapdragon. I will assist you in this.
      Dexter: Note 7 comes with Exyno processor in Samsung Canada. It will not come with Snapdragon.

  • h2oflyer

    It’s the new Asian marketing mantra for the US and Canada.

    ” We don’t care, we will build it, and you will buy ”

    This is just as dumb as Sony dropping the fingerprint sensor on the US Xperia X model.

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    Last time I checked, “shippin,” which is used in the first sentence of the article, is not a word. Just saying.

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  • Macoun

    The SD820 variant is set to support 4 X 4 Mimo (Multiple Input Multiple Output uses 4 antennas to maintain a connection with cellular towers). A small consolation I guess, not that I had any network issues with my Note 5.

    • Major Sceptic

      That is a nice feature to have, holding good signal is a major plus.

    • h2oflyer

      That’s Qualcom tru signal multiple antenna system, which I understand only works on the 820. I haven’t seen any reviews or tests to prove it works or is just marketing hype.

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  • Jason

    False news story I talked to Samsung Canada… We get Exynos.

  • Mah

    Snapdragon chip is fine. You all are worrying about nothing.Triggered over a phone. Lmfao.

  • Elvis Ma

    Oh dear, and if samsung released the exynos version in NA, you guys will complain along the lines of… its 2016, you can’t use the fastest LTE speeds on a 1000$ smart phone. Will never order samsung ever again!

    You people get real, and why would you want to preorder and lock yourself on a contract anyway. If having the exynos chip is that important to you, buy the international version on ebay or amazon or w/e

  • This is fkn stupid! I’m canceling my order.

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