After Samsung canceled its Exynos 2200 launch event last week, it promised to unveil the chip alongside its next device, believed to be the Galaxy S22. But for whatever reason, the company changed its mind. It now gives us a first look at the chip… without the key details.
As expected, the Exynos 2200 packs an AMD-made “Samsung Xclipse 920 GPU” that uses the same RDNA 2 architecture as AMD’s Radeon desktop GPUs. Not only is this the first Samsung chip to feature AMD graphics, but it also supports ray tracing, a technology previously reserved for PCs and consoles only.
Like Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, the Exynos 2200 uses a 4nm design with a Cortex-X2 CPU (for single-threaded tasks), three Cortex-A710 cores and four Cortex-A510 cores (for low-power tasks). Graphics performance aside, the Exynos 2200 should suitable for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
But you better watch out because there’s an elephant in the room. Samsung’s press release on the Exynos 2200 does not include this any performance claims. We don’t know how fast the chip’s CPU or GPU runs, or what improvements Samsung made over its last SoC, the Exynos 2100.
Last week, leakers claimed thermal issues were delaying the launch of the Exynos 2200. They say the chip runs too hot at 1.9 GHz, its target frequency, and only reaches acceptable temperatures at 1.24 GHz.
If these leaks are correct, Samsung could make some last-minute adjustments to the Exynos 2200 before releasing any performance specs. These adjustments could include design changes, but with the Galaxy S22 release imminent, throttling seems more likely.
Samsung usually launches its Galaxy flagships with a Qualcomm chip in the US, China and other regions. If the company is really struggling with its Exynos 2200 chip, then other regions are could ended up with a Snapdragon processor in the Galaxy S22. It’s a shame – Samsung is clearly trying to break away from Qualcomm by developing its own more optimized chips, much like Google did with the Pixel 6 version.
Source: Samsung via Ars Technica
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