Over the years, Qualcomm’s processors have always had an upper hand when it came to mobile gaming. People using Exynos powered chips did get the power, but the battery drain and above par GPU performance kept it lower than rival Qualcomm. But it is soon going to change. We have had several rumours suggesting that Samsung is working with AMD to come with a processor that will improve the Exynos processor’s GPU performance. Now we have confirmation on these rumours that it is indeed the truth. We expect 2022’s Samsung flagship chipset will be called Exynos 2200. The SoC will be the successor to the Exynos 2100, Samsung’s flagship mobile processor for 2021.
Samsung’s Exynos 2200 will ship with AMD GPU
The partnership between Samsung and AMD was made official at Computex 2021. Here, AMD promised a high-end gaming experience for smartphones powered by Exynos chips. They didn’t reveal many details about the hardware or architecture of the configuration, but they did reveal that they are indeed working together. This is a much-needed boost for Samsung as they have been trying to get ahead of Qualcomm for quite some time now. AMD revealed that the GPU for the upcoming flagship Exynos chip (probably Exynos 2200) will be based on the AMD RDNA 2 architecture that promises console-quality gaming on mobile devices. And yes, we will see this new Exynos flagship chips only when Samsung releases the next S series smartphone i.e. Galaxy S22 series.
Did you see that? "The next place you will find #RDNA2 will be the high-performance mobile phone market. We're happy to announce that we will bring custom graphics IP to Samsung’s next flagship mobile SOC, with ray-tracing and variable rate shading capabilities.” @LisaSu of @AMD pic.twitter.com/c0z1iLl85r
— Samsung Exynos (@SamsungExynos) June 1, 2021
AMD CEO Lisa Su said on stage at Computex, “The next place you’ll find RDNA 2 will be the high-performance mobile phone market.” She further added, “AMD has partnered with industry leader Samsung for several years to accelerate graphics innovation in the mobile market, and we’re happy to announce that we’ll bring custom graphics IP to Samsung’s next flagship mobile SoC with ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities. We’re really looking forward to Samsung providing more details later this year.”
AMD will introduce features like ray tracing and variable rate shading in the new GPU for Exynos processors. Yes, not many mobile games rely on these advanced features, but given Samsung’s supremacy in the tech world, we can expect them to partner with game studios to bring out special titles that can make the most of these advanced features. Anybody that wants a console-like gaming experience in their smartphones, will have to switch to the next flagship series Samsung processors.
We will see this GPU on the Exynos 2200, which is rumoured to power the next line of S series smartphones. The name of the processor might end up being something different, but whatever model name it comes with, we can be sure that the next S22 series smartphone will have this AMD developed GPU.
Exynos 2200 to be made using Samsung’s 4nm node
According to MauriQHD, the Exynos 2200 will be manufactured using Samsung’s 4nm process for better power efficiency. The upcoming Exynos 2200 will likely be an octa-core processor just like the predecessor Exynos 2100. Also, we might see a similar core configuration, but with a maximum frequency of up to 3GHz. The current flagship Exynos chip offers a single Cortex-X1 CPU at 2.91GHz. Rumours suggest the Exynos 2200 for smartphones may provide up to 25% better CPU performance and it could outperform the Apple A14 Bionic chipset by a great margin.
Exynos 2200 Benchmark
Samsung Galaxy S22+ (model number SM-S906B) has appeared in the Geekbench platform with the upcoming Exynos 2200 chipset. As per the listing, the chipset features AMD graphics. In the single-core test, the Exynos 2200 has managed to achieve a score of 1073 points. Its multi-core score is 3389 points. The Exynos 2200 may pack a single Cortex-X2 core clocked at 2.59GHz. The X2 core is paired with three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.5GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.73GHz.