The Samsung Exynos 2200, the new flagship chipset with AMD graphics, is set to launch on January 11, according to a company teaser on Twitter. The new Samsung chipset is reported to power flagship devices from the Galaxy S22 series such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Ultra, due in February.
The South Korean company teased the Exynos “with the new GPU born from RDNA 2” on Twitter, accompanied by a perplexing video. RDNA denotes AMD’s current Radeon graphics architecture. RDNA 2 powers PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. AMD’s RX 6000-series GPUs also use the RDNA2 architecture. The Exynos 2200 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor are reported to have the same core architecture.
Back in June, AMD had stated that RDNA2 would make its way to mobile phones:
“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.”
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It will be interesting to see If the chipset does provide hardware support for ray tracing in mobile phone applications. However, ray tracing is an extremely computationally intensive process that draws a lot of power and generates a large amount of heat. It remains to be seen how it will be implemented in smartphones.
Samsung’s Exynos 2200 will most likely be limited to international models of its future flagship series. However, some reports say that the future Samsung smartphone series in India could possibly skip the next gen Exynos to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC instead. We’ll have to play the waiting game till January 11 to find out what Samsung has in store for us.