Samsung just unveiled the Exynos 2200, its latest flagship processor that will power select high-end Galaxy phones this year, including the upcoming Galaxy S22 models in some markets.
The new Samsung Exynos 2200 is the fruit of the brand’s partnership with AMD. This 4nm EUV chip comes with a custom GPU called Xclipse, which is based on the AMD RDNA2 architecture.
It’s said that the mobile GPU will have “one-of-a-kind hybrid graphics processor” carrying advanced capabilities like ray tracing and variable-rate shading, which is a first on a mobile chipset.
For those who are unfamiliar, Ray tracing technology works by simulating how light behaves in real life for more realistic graphics.
This feature is first seen on gaming PCs and gaming consoles. There’s also variable-rate shading, which allows game creators to lower the shading in areas where quality is not a big issue, resulting in smoother frame rates.
Another first is the integration of Armv9 CPU cores. The Exynos 2200’s octa-core build consists of one powerful Cortex-X core, three Cortex-A710 cores with traditional performance rates, and four Cortex-A510 for efficiency.
Like a lot of mobile chipsets, it also has a dedicated NPU, which offers twice the performance over the Exynos 2100 for better AI prowess.
The new Samsung Exynos 2200 also comes with a 5G modem that can operate on both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies. Plus, support for a 200-megapixel camera, 8K video recording, and up to 4K screens at 120Hz or QHD+ at 144Hz.
It’s said that the Exynos 2200 has already entered mass production. We shall see it in action on the Galaxy S22 series, which is expected to come out on February 8.