Fri. Aug 19th, 2022

Samsung promises to bring video game console-like graphics to smartphones with its new Exynos 2200 mobile processor.

Samsung officially announced the chip on Tuesday, a week after the company mysteriously postponed its original unveiling of the Exynos 2200 without explanation.

The chip stands out by taking AMD’s RDNA 2 technology – which also drives the graphics on the PS5 and Xbox Series X – and wrapping it in a mobile processor. AMD first teased the chip in June, announcing it as the first time the RDNA 2 architecture would expand to smartphones.

The RDNA 2 architecture can be found on the Exynos 2200 through a dedicated GPU called “Xclipse”, according to Samsung. “As an eclipse, the Xclipse GPU will bring an end to the old era of mobile gaming and mark the start of an exciting new chapter,” it added.

The major selling points for RDNA 2 include beam tracking, which can bring realistic light and shadow effects to supported games. The second is a graphics optimization technique called variable speed shadow, which can streamline pixel shadow across a game and free up GPU resources to focus on frame rate.

The Exynos 2200 was also built using a groundbreaking 4-nanometer manufacturing process that Samsung says should help improve battery life over the chip.

The company is definitely talking a big game with the new Exynos processor. But surprisingly, Samsung did not release any benchmarks for the chip’s gaming capabilities. The product page for Exynos 2200 shows just a GIF for a single mobile game, PUBG New State. Samsung also did not post any clock speeds for the chip’s CPU or GPU.

PUBG New State image

It is also still unclear which phones will use the chip. Samsung is expected to announce the company’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S22, sometime next month. But overall, the Exynos chips have only ended up in Samsung phones sold in Europe and Asia. In the US, Galaxy phones use Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.

However, AMD says that their partnership with Samsung on smartphone-based graphics will not be a stand-alone one. “Samsung’s Xclipse GPU is the first result of several planned generations of AMD RDNA graphics in Exynos SoCs,” AMD SVP David Wang said in Tuesday’s announcement. “We can not wait for mobile phone customers to experience the great gaming experiences based on our technology collaboration.”

According to Samsung, the Exynos 2200 is currently in mass production. Other features of the chip include an 8-core ARM CPU processor, a 5G modem and support for a camera sensor of up to 200 megapixels.

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