Samsung introduced the Exynos 2200 – its latest flagship chipset that will power the Galaxy S22 smartphones in selected markets. The new platform is based on the 4nm EUV process technology and comes with a custom-made GPU called Xclipse.
The GPU is based on the AMD RDNA2 architecture, and as such, it is a “one-of-a-kind hybrid graphics processor” that brings advanced features such as ray tracing and variable rate shading on mobile – the first smartphone chip to do so.
Ray tracing is a tech that simulates light behaviour in real life, calculating the movement and color of objects as light rays bounce off surfaces. The hardware-accelerated feature provides realistic effects and immersive graphics, making playing games that support these features as amazing as it gets.
Variable rate shading is another feature implemented in PC and console games. It permits developers to apply lower shading to areas where quality won’t be affected, thus improving frame rate and the smoothness of the gameplay.
Exynos 2200 is also one of the first chips to use Armv9 CPU cores. The octa-core processor has a single powerful Cortex-X2 core, three Cortex-A710 balancing performance and efficiency, and four Cortex-A510 smaller cores for power efficiency. It’s Samsung’s tradition not to reveal the frequency its chips are clocked at.
The brand-new custom GPU and upgraded CPU are coupled with a more powerful NPU. Compared to the Exynos 2100, the performance is two fold and supports more parallel processing, improving the overall AI performance.
The new chip supports up to 200MP single camera, 8K video recording, 4K displays at up to 120Hz refresh rate or QHD+ ones at 144Hz.
The new chip works with the latest LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The 5G modem works both on the sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies, while the global navigation system supports all major standards and satellites.
Samsung said the Exynos 2200 is “currently in mass production”. There’s no official date when the brand will announce the S22 series with the chip, but rumors suggest February 8 as a potential launch date.
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