Samsung unveiled a partnership with AMD back in 2019 that would get the graphics company to build a GPU for Exyno's smartphone processors. It's been a wait since then, but now Samsung has finally announced the first product in this partnership, the Exynos 2200.
The Exynos 2200 brings a Samsung 4nm design as well as the new Armv9 CPU cores. The core layout is similar to Mediatek and Qualcomm's latest SoCs, and offers a single Cortex-X2 for heavy lifting, three Cortex-A710 cores for medium-sized tasks and four Cortex-A510 small cores. Samsung did not disclose clock speeds or cache details here.
The AMD GPU
The star of the show here is actually the so-called Xclipse 920 GPU, powered by AMD's RDNA2 graphics cores. There is no official word on clock speed or the number of cores in use here, but it does support hardware-based ray tracing technology and variable speed shading. Samsung added that the GPU also supports the company's Amigo technology to control and optimize power consumption across the entire processor.
The RDNA2 cores are basically the same technology seen in the current generation of consoles as the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles, however with a reduced number of cores, reduced clock speed and more compromises. So do not expect similar graphics here, but we are eager to see what is possible with this technology and proper beam tracking.
"Samsung's Xclipse GPU is the first result of several planned generations of AMD RDNA graphics in Exynos SoCs," said AMD CEO David Wang to say of Samsung. So this is just the first effort and we will see more Exynos chipsets using this technology in the coming years.
|Samsung Exynos 2200|
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AI / DSP
200 MP single
Looking at the rest of the chipset, NPU has also seen an upgrade. In fact, Samsung claims the dual performance compared to Exynos 2100 machine learning silicon and higher precision FP16 support. Interestingly, the NPU is a dual-core design compared to the tri-core setup seen on the Exynos 2100.
By switching to the modem, the Korean brand says the new modem supports 3GPP release 16 features. In addition, you can expect downlink speeds of up to 5.1 Gbps and 7.35 Gbps via sub-6GHz and mmWave, respectively, or 10 Gbps speeds when using the EN-DC mode, which combines 4G and 5G.
Exynos 2200: A Multimedia Power Center?
The new chipset seems to be a development rather than a revolution in the camera field, supporting a 200 MP single camera, a 108MP single camera at 30fps or 64MP + 36MP dual cameras at 30fps. Otherwise, the processor also supports up to seven cameras connected at once and simultaneous processing from four of them.
The video features are not too shabby either, as the chipset supports 4K HDR, 4K / 120fps and 8K / 30fps recording. Unlike the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, there is no 8K HDR recording capacity here, but the Samsung chipset also offers AV1 decoding, which Qualcomm's SoC lacks.
What do you think of the Exynos 2200 on paper?
Other notable details include 4K display resolution at 120Hz, QHD + resolution at 144Hz, HDR10 + display support, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.
The Samsung Exynos 2200 is in mass production right now and we expect to find it in some Galaxy S22 series phones. Samsung's new flagship phones are expected to be launched next month, so we'll probably see what the new chipset is capable of around that time.
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