We have heard reports that Samsung is working on a new configuration for its upcoming Exynos SoC with high performance technology from AMD. It is possible that the next flagship chipset from Samsung will be the Exynos 2200. For years, performance issues have been plaguing the Exynos series, in relation to Qualcomm Snapdragon series. Samsung’s next mid-range chipset with 1xxx naming may also have GPU module from AMD. The US-based chipmaker will announce its next generation computer graphics technology, the RDNA 2. The Exynos 2200 may be available for the Samsung Galaxy S22. Samsung and AMD may jointly announce the new chip in the latter months of 2022. As we are nearing the official announcement date for the new Exynos chip, we are getting new details.
It is suggested that Samsung is experimenting with four samples, one with Cortex A78 cores, one with X2 cores and two others with X1 cores. ARM announced last month that X2 cores are the next generation design and a direct replacement for the X1. The Cortex X2 uses ARMv9 architecture and it’s 16 percent compared to X1 cores. Other than the X2 cores, ARM also introduced Cortex-A710 high performance “big” cores and Cortex-A510 power-efficient “LITTLE” cores. These are direct replacement for A78 and A55 cores, with 10 percent and 35 percent better performance, respectively. The current Samsung Galaxy S21 uses Exynos 2100 cores with ARM Cortex X1 high performance core, Cortex-A78 mid-performance cores and Cortex-A55 power efficient cores. We can safely assume that the Exynos 2200 will be another tri-cluster chipset, with X2, A710 and A510 cores.
Samsung may continue using X1 cores in a revised form, with a GPU module higher clock rate. It will be an ideal platform for a new mid-range chipset or a successor for the current Exynos 1080. According to reports, the slightly overclocked X1 cores are still not faster than the new X2 core. It is also possible that the Exynos 2200 chipset will also have four compute units, based on the mRDNA technology from AMD. On the other hand, the GPU model of the revised X1 chipset will have 2 compute units. The chipset based on the Cortex A78 chipset has a 1 computing unit GPU. We may expect that the AMD-based GPU will be a complete game changed, not only for Samsung, but also for the rest of the mobile industry. Although early leaks of the AMD-based technology show that it’s comparable to the A14 Bionic chipset, we may expect that future versions will continue to be comparable or even surpass Apple’s solutions.
If future Exynos chipsets can be among the fastest, in terms of GPU performance, they will become serious competitors to Qualcomm Snapdragon and Apple Bionic chipsets. Either way, it is very likely that the Exynos 2200 will surpass the current Exynos 2100, in terms of graphics performance. However, we still don’t know how it will compare with the Adreno 660 of Snapdragon 888. It is a good thing to see a new strong contender in mobile graphics technology.