Earlier this month. Samsung unveiled and released its two new flagship phones the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. They are much similar in shape like last year’s S6 and S6 Edge, but they pack more power and a better battery. These phones have been received positively and have been regarded as good upgrades over last year’s phones. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge available in different markets all over the world are consist of different chipsets and cellular frequency support based on different regions. Following is a rundown of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge model numbers and their differences:
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Model Numbers Explained
Identifying and understanding the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge model numbers are easy. There are three places where you can find the model number of a Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge:
- On the box in which your phone came in.
- On the back of the phone.
- Go to Settings > About Phone > Model Number.
Samsung Galaxy S7 follows the SM-G930 model number scheme and the Galaxy S7 Edge follows the SM-G935 model number scheme. Numbers or letters after the “SM-G930” or “SM-G935” can help in identifying the region of the phone and what chipset the phone contains. The phones sold in the American markets contains the Snapdragon 820 chipset whereas most phones sold outside the Americas contain the Exynos 8890 chipset.
For example, if we take the model number “SM-G930R6”, we can see that this phone is the Galaxy S7 because of “SM-G930”, it is offered by Verizon in the USA and contains the Smapdragon 820 chipset because of “R6”.
Most of the phones sold in the American markets are carrier locked, meaning that they are locked by providers like AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile etc. These phones are not compatible with the radio frequencies in European or Asian countries and the bootloaders on these phones are locked and rooting these phones is pretty hard. These phones also come with their own carrier based apps.
Difference Between Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 Chipsets
As mentioned before, the phones sold in the American markets contains the Snapdragon 820 chipset whereas most phones sold outside the Americas contain the Exynos 8890 chipset. The Snapdragon chipsets are manufactured by Qualcomm and the Exynos chipsets are manufactured by Samsung themselves. The main differences of Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 are pointed out the next few paragraphs.
The Snapdragon 820 contains 4 cores in which two are clocked at 2.2 GHz and the other two are clocked at 1.7 GHz. The Snapdragon 820 is powerful for 3D graphics and entertainment. It is capable in producing sharper images in low light scenes. Snapdragon 820 can also support LTE speeds of almost 600 Mbps download speed and 150 Mbps upload speed.
The Exynos 8890 is more in a little design. Exynos 8890 contains 8 cores divided into 4 and 4 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz. This chipset aims to be faster and reduces heating while improving performance and efficiency. The Exynos 8890 supports LTE speeds of almost 600 Mbps download speed and 150 Mbps upload speed same as the Snapdragon 820.
List of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Model Numbers
These following tables will list all model numbers of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge along with the chipset included in them:
Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930*)
|Canada||Bell Mobility||SM-G930W8||Exynos 8890|
|China||ALL||SM-G9300, SM-G9308||Snapdragon 820|
|Korea||KT, LGT, SKT||SM-G930K/L/S respectively||Exynos 8890|
|Southeast Asia||ALL||SM-G930FD Duos||Exynos 8890|
|US||C Spire Wireless||SM-G930R7||Snapdragon 820|
|US||Sprint PCS||SM-G930P||Snapdragon 820|
|US||US Cellular||SM-G930R4||Snapdragon 820|
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935*)
|Canada||Bell Mobility||SM-G935W8||Exynos 8890|
|Korea||KT, LGT, SKT||SM-G935K/L/S respectively||Exynos 8890|
|Southeast Asia||ALL||SM-G935FD Duos||Exynos 8890|
|US||C Spire Wireless||SM-G935R7||Snapdragon 820|
|US||Sprint PCS||SM-G935P||Snapdragon 820|
|US||US Cellular||SM-G93R4||Snapdragon 820|