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Samsung formally “unpacked” the Samsung Galaxy S7 at MWC 2016, along with its sexier Galaxy S7 edge cousin, just a couple of days ago. At that event, we learned that Samsung would actually be offering two different Galaxy S7 versions: one powered by the company’s own Exynos 8890 chipset and another using the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

We had assumed that Canada and the United States would be treated as one big North American market and we’d be getting effectively the same phone. And we’d be wrong. It has now been confirmed that Canadians and Americans will actually be getting different Galaxy S7 versions. In Canada, we’ll get the Exynos chip, an upgraded version of what we saw in last year’s Galaxy S6. Our neighbours to the south will get the Qualcomm-powered edition. But why?

The short answer is that Samsung’s Exynos chipset does not support CDMA, whereas the Snapdragon 820 does. The United States is one of the few markets left where CDMA is still a big deal with Verizon and Sprint. While Canadian carriers like Bell still have CDMA for older feature phones, newer smartphones don’t use that tech anymore.

It’s sort of like the whole Celsius vs. Fahrenheit situation. Just about everyone else in the world is going to use Celsius and get the Exynos Galaxy S7, while Americans will continue to be different with Fahrenheit and Snapdragon, at least with the S7 and S7 edge.

Via MobileSyrup

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