Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, contain processors marginally more powerful than that used in Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus – unless you live in the UK.
Samsung launched the two new phones last month in Barcelona, where Mark Zuckerberg made an unexpected appearance to talk about the company’s partnership with Facebook-owned virtual reality platform Oculus Rift.
But the handsets contain one of two processor chipsets depending on the country in which it is sold.
UK and European customers will be able to buy models containing Exynos 8809 chips from March 11, while other countries’ units will contain a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset.
The Snapdragon 820 chip is slightly than Apple’s A9 chip used in its latest 6s generation of handsets, which in turn performs better than the Exynos 8809 set, according to benchmark listings from AnTuTu.
The benchmarking site gave the Qualcomm chipset a score of 136,383 in terms of performance, just ahead of Apple’s A9 processor. The Samsung Exynos 8890 was slightly behind with 129,865.
In terms of GPU performance, which affects the fluidity of playing games on the handset and how swiftly and easily you can navigate its interface, the Qualcomm 820 was on top again with a score of 55,000, ahead of the A9’s 39,104 and the Exynos 8890’s 37,545.
The forthcoming modular LG G5, which features two rear-facing 8MP and 16MP cameras: one normal, one capable of 135 dgeree wide-angle shots, will also feature a Snapdragon 820 processor.
Apple is reported to be planning to launch a 4-inch iPhone, dubbed the iPhone SE or special edition, at an event in San Francisco on March 21.The new handset is rumoured to feature a 12-MP rear-facing camera, a near-field communication (NFC) chip for Apple Pay support and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner.