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AMD is bringing ray tracing to Samsung smartphones

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Earlier this year, we got news that Samsung will utilize AMD graphics for its next flagship Exynos processor, but some details remained unclear. Today at Computex 2021, AMD has released more information about its collaboration with Samsung, mainly that RDNA 2 will be the graphics architecture the former is bringing to the latter’s high-performance mobile phones.

During the virtual Computex 2021 keynote, AMD CEO Lisa Su said that Samsung’s next Exynos flagship will use customized graphics based on Radeon RDNA 2. Su further said that high-end features such as ray tracing, variable rate shading, and power-efficient performance will be supported.

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Ray tracing is a real breakthrough for video games. The next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, themselves equipped with custom RDNA2-based graphics, are able to deliver better visuals because of ray tracing, among other reasons.

Historically, Samsung’s Exynos chips make use of ARM Mali graphics. The company’s decision to swap out Mali in favor of AMD for its graphics needs is a welcome move. Its current flagship Exynos 2100, despite its improvements in the CPU department, has been found lagging behind the Snapdragon 888 when it comes to graphics.

More details about the next Exynos processor will be revealed by Samsung later this year.

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