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ARMs Race | Samsung finally announces the long-awaited Exynos 2200 with Xclipse GPU based on AMD RDNA 2

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Samsung has finally announced the fruit of its 2019 licensing deal with AMD, the Exynos 2200 mobile processor which is the first to feature an AMD GPU based on RDNA 2 architecture that is capable of ray tracing.

The Exynos 2200 uses Samsung’s 4nm EUV process and features an AMD derived GPU, Samsung is calling Xclipse, which AMD’s SVP of Radeon GPU tech David Wang is “the first result of multiple planned generations of AMD RDNA graphics in Exynos SoCs. The Exynos 2200 is made up of one high-performance Cortex-X2, three Cortex A710 cores to balance performance and four Cortex A510 cores for efficiency. Additionally, the company has upgraded the NPU with x2 more performance, and added an ISP with support for up to 200 megapixels.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 specs

Exynos 2200Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Fabrication Process4nm EUV (Samsung Foundry)4nm EUV (Samsung Foundry)
CPU1x Cortex-X2
3x Cortex-A710
4x Cortex-A510
1x Cortex-X2 @ 3GHz
3x Cortex-A710 @ 2.5GHz
4x Cortex-A510 @ 1.8GHz
GPUXclipse 920 (Based On AMD RDNA 2), Ray-Tracing, VRS, HDR10, HDR10+Adreno (Adreno 730) @ 818MHz, VRS, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
DSP4K 120Hz, QHD+ 144Hz4K 120Hz, QHD+ 144Hz
NPUDual-Core (With 2x Performance Over Exynos 2100)Triple-Core
RAMQuad-Channel LPDDR5Quad-Channel LPDDR5
StorageUFS 3.1UFS 3.1
ISPUp To 200MP
108MP @ 30FPS
64MP+32MP @ 30FPS
8K 30FPS Video
4K 120FPS Video
Up To 200MP
108MP @ 30FPS64MP+36MP @ 30FPS36MP+36MP+36MP @ 30FPS8K 30FPS Video + 64MP Photo4K 120FPS Video + 64MP Photo
ModemIntegrated 5G Modem (mmWave/Sub-6GHz)
Up to 10Gbps (Dual-Connection Mode)
Up To 3.67Gbps Upload
Integrated 5G Modem (mmWave/Sub-6GHz)Up to 10Gbps DownloadUp To 3Gbps Upload
LocationBeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPSBeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi DirectWi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi Direct
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.2

On paper Samsung’s Exynos could be evenly match to take on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and we will soon find out which phone has more to offer in not only raw performance but with other important factors as well. Samsung is said to be launching Galaxy S22 with its new Exynos 2200, but traditionally US markets received the Snapdragon model. Could 2022 be the year that we finally get a Exynos 2200 powered Galaxy S22? Did you notice all the 22’s?

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.

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