You might not know it to look at the US market, but Samsung isn’t doing well in the international phone business. The company has beenlosing market share to up-and-coming stars in the Eastern markets, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus stole expected sales away from products like the Galaxy S5. Samsung sold 40% fewer Galaxy S5 phones than it expected to since the device debuted last year, and its new Galaxy A series were designed to emphasize the metal frameworks and style factors that many have felt the Galaxy S family lacked.
To counter this, the company is introducing the Samsung Galaxy A7, a new smartphone that measures even thinner than the new iPhone 6, at 6.3mm. Data on the phone’s processor is being confusingly reported in multiple locations, so here’s the factual breakdown: the dual SIM version of the phone will ship a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with eight 64-bit CPU cores (Cortex-A53) at 1.5GHz and 1.0GHz, and with an
The version of the phone intended for Western markets will use the higher-end Exynos 5430 with a 32-bit Cortex-A15 plus Cortex A7 CPU clocked at 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz respectively. This version of the phone is 32-bit only, which means Galaxy A7 owners in Asia-Pacific markets may get 64-bit Android support eventually, but their Western counterparts won’t. The GPU on the Exynos 5430 is an ARM Mali-T628, a serviceable if not extraordinary GPU. In theory, both versions of the phone should be capable of leveraging all eight cores at the same time, provided Samsung enables that functionality.