It seems that we are in for a serious showdown in the market for mobile chips for Android devices. The Exynos 2200 chip was introduced today. It came as a surprise and Samsung managed to surprise amid a wave of skepticism that this processor will appear in the near future. As expected, Samsung’s flagship platform comes with a new GPU based on the AMD RDNA 2 architecture found on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and X consoles.
The Exynos 2200 offers “the best mobile gaming experience” thanks to the Xclipse 920 video accelerator, the fresh Armv9 architecture, and an improved neural core (NPU) that doubles the performance of its predecessor. Thanks to the new graphics subsystem, the chip is a “hybrid and one of a kind”, occupying an intermediate position between the processor for smartphones and the chip for game consoles.
The new Exynos 2200 processor and its Xclipse graphics accelerator support ray tracing and variable rate shading for smartphones, features that enhance the gaming experience and have so far only been available on PCs, laptops and consoles. Samsung has confirmed that the Xclipse 920 GPU is just the first generation of several AMD RDNA GPUs in plans for Exynos chipsets.
Ray tracing is a technology that mimics the behavior of light in the real world. By calculating the motion and color characteristics of light as it bounces off surfaces; ray tracing creates realistic lighting effects for graphically rendered scenes. Variable Rate Shading is a technology that optimizes GPU workload, allowing developers to use slower shading rates in areas that don’t affect overall quality, thereby giving the GPU more room to work in the areas most important to gamers and increasing frame rates for smoother gameplay.
As part of the Exynos 2200, we have a combination of eight computing cores with the Armv9 architecture; which are grouped into three clusters. Arm Cortex X2 main core is at the head with three large performance Cortex-A710 cores; and four low-power Cortex-A510 cores.
In addition, the Exynos 2200 has a high-speed 3GPP Release 16 5G modem supporting sub-6GHz and mmWave bands. With the new dual E-UTRAN (EN-DC) connection; it can use 4G LTE and 5G NR signals and boost up to 10Gbps. An embedded security element (iSE) has been proposed for storing private encryption keys. In addition, the native encryption hardware for UFS (Universal Flash Memory); and DRAM improve the security of sharing user data encryption only within a secure domain.
In addition, the image processor offer support for an image sensor up to 200 MP; as well as the ability to write 8K@30 fps and 4K@120fps video. If desired, the chipset allows you to install up to 7 cameras in one smartphone. The platform support LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage memory; 4K resolution displays at a refresh rate of 120 Hz or QuadHD + at 144 Hz.
Also, in its press release, Samsung indicated that mass production of the Exynos 2200 has already started. And this may mean that the flagships of the Galaxy S22 series; the announcement of which we are waiting for on February 8; can really become the first devices with it on board.