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Galaxy S7 with Snapdragon 820 and Exynos variants said to hit U.S. carriers

The Galaxy S7 is expected to pack one of the fastest processors around, but which mobile chip you get may depend on your cellular carrier. A new leak out of China (spotted by SamMobile) reveals how one key hardware spec could vary depending on where you buy the new smartphone.

It looks like Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular will all offer a version of the Galaxy S7 that’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile and AT&T variant could pack Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 chip. Canadian and Korean carriers will also get an Exynos-powered handset.

This leak doesn’t come from a particularly reliable source, so we’d take it with a grain of salt for now. Then again, SamMobile notes that all the listed model numbers look right. The news also lines up pretty well with previous rumors suggesting that the Galaxy S7’s processor will vary depending on where you buy it.

Beyond its high-end chip, the Galaxy S7 is expected to pack premium hardware all around. That includes an upgraded camera, USB-C and a more durable metal design. The new phone is all but confirmed to arrive early next year, though it’s unclear if Samsung will stick with its traditional unveiling at Mobile World Congress in late February or push the announcement up to January 2016.

SamMobile

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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