Samsung teamed with AMD two years back to redesign the GPU on its Exynos chipsets. Now, we’re seeing the first fruits of that collaboration today. Samsung’s Exynos 2200 chipset is now official; it comes with a slew of interesting new capabilities as it competes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
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The Exynos 2200 is notable for being the first Samsung chipset to include AMD’s RDNA 2-based GPU. The architecture is crucial because it sits at the heart of current-generation consoles like the PS5. Samsung claims that the Xclipse 920 GPU is the first hardware-accelerated ray tracing solution for mobile devices, offering “console-quality” immersive images. It also offers variable rate shading; it is a significant improvement over the Mali design used in the Exynos 2100 last year.
Other features of the Exynos 2200 include Arm’s latest Cortex X2 core, as well as the A710 and A510. These are close to what Qualcomm is adopting this year and a new dual-core NPU; Samsung touts it as a differentiator for mobile imaging. Because the Exynos 2200 supports QHD+ displays with refresh rates up to 144Hz, it’s very likely that Samsung will release a smartphone with such a refresh rate this year.
The Exynos 2200 can offer 8K video at up to 60fps and can handle imaging sensors of up to 200MP, and it includes a new 5G modem with greater coverage and mmWave bands. It’s developed on the same 4nm node as Qualcomm and MediaTek’s chips.
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