Samsung quietly unveiled the Exynos 2200, whose launch was long overdue. Exynos 2200 will power the company’s next generation of smartphones, including the Galaxy S22 series. Likewise, the primary highlight of the SoC is the inclusion of the Xclipse GPU with AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture.
Samsung Electronics’ partnership with AMD has been ongoing for a while now. The company first announced a deal in 2019 to develop AMD graphics for Samsung smartphones. Since then, there have been inevitable leaks and benchmark comparisons giving a sneak peek of the new SoC’s capabilities.
The Exynos 2200 chipset is identical to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC on the CPU side. Likewise, it features one Cortex-X2 “flagship” core, three Cortex-A710 “big” cores, and four Cortex-A510 “little” cores. These ARMv9 cores are built on Samsung’s 4nm fabrication process.
Further, the “Xclipse 920” GPU using AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture is capable of bringing hardware-accelerated ray tracing (RT) and variable rate shading (VRS) to the table.
“Ray tracing is a revolutionary technology that closely simulates how light physically behaves in the real world. By calculating the movement and the color characteristic of light rays as they bounce off the surface, ray tracing produces realistic lighting effects for graphically rendered scenes,” Samsung announced.
Furthermore, the Exynos 2200 series will probably make it to Samsung’s flagship S-series and its foldable Z-series first. The launch of the Galaxy S22 series is imminent, and it will likely come with a newly announced SoC. Although, you can download the wallpapers of the S22 series right away as XDA-developers managed to get their hands on them.