Samsung has begun mass production of its first mobile processor with AMD RDNA 2 graphics close to three years after the company first announced it was licensing GPU technology from AMD.

The Samsung Exynos 2200 processor is a 4nm chip with eight ARMv9 CPU cores, a neural processing unit for AI, and an Xclipse GPU that brings RDNA 2 technology and support for features like hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading to smartphones.

Samsung had been expected to introduce the Exynos 2200 processor last week, but the company unexpectedly… didn’t.

Now Samsung has issued a press release with some key details about its next flagship-class processor, so we know it will feature:

  • 1 x ARM Cortex-X2 CPU core
  • 3 x ARM Cortex-A710 CPU cores
  • 4 x ARM Cortex-A510 CPU cores
  • Xclipse GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 technology

Samsung says the GPU will bring the sort of gaming features that had previously been limited to laptop and desktop computers, but in an energy-efficient design optimized for mobile devices.

The chip also has an image signal processor (ISP) that can handle cameras up to 200MP for still photos, or up to 108MP at 30 frames per second. There’s also support for connecting up to seven image sensors and using up to four at the same time for multi-camera systems. You should also be able to record 8K video at 30 frames per second, assuming you’ve got the camera hardware to match, and the chip can decode 8K video at up to 60 frames per second or 4K video at up to 240 fps.

Other features include support for displays with refresh rates up to 144 Hz, support for HDR+, an upgraded neural processing unit. a 5G modem with sub-6 GHz and mmWave support, and an Integrated Secure Element (iSE) for private cryptographic key storage.

Samsung hasn’t said when you’ll actually be able to buy a phone with one of these new processors, but it’s been widely expected that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 could be the first phone powered by the chip… at least in some regions. Samsung does have a habit of offering flagship phones with Exynos chips in certain markets, but using Qualcomm processors in others.

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S22 next month. We may have to wait until after that phone begins shipping before we know how the Exynos 2200 stacks up against the latest chips from Qualcomm and Mediatek in terms of real-world performance and efficiency.

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  1. I hope they solved the thermal issues with the GPU or it wasn’t actually true in the first place. Interested in seeing how well the GPU performs. If it’s significantly better than other ARM-based SoCs, then I wonder what other devices it’ll be used in.

    1. Rumour has it that this chip is to be used as the basis for a new Arm on Windows range.
      Samsung will start releasing these, starting with a laptop version, as soon as the Qualcomm exclusivity on W11 for Arm ends.

    2. I think the fact that Samsung is choosing to use this chip globally on the S22 is a sign that it’s at least better than the top Qualcomm chip.

      Somehow I doubt it will be better than Apple’s M1 family. It might compete with the A15. Hopefully I’m wrong, and it’s better than we think…

      My hope is that Samsung might gain the ability to make chips for Windows on ARM devices as soon as Qualcomm’s exclusive agreement is over. If Samsung could make a 16 core model, with even better GPU specs, I think we’d finally have some good hardware for Windows ARM laptops.

      If someone made an ARM chip that could handle a reasonable amount of gaming via x64 emulation/translation, Windows on ARM would have a real shot at actually becoming adopted.

      1. Personally, I think any non-systemready windows-on-ARM laptop isn’t worth the money as being locked into the pre-installed OS isn’t in any user’s best interests, but of course the average consumer hasn’t even heard of UEFI and only cares about “my apps” appearing to work the same way to them.

      2. Still with the Windows on ARM joke? we are in 2022, we need to stop this nonsense and look at native stuff. It’s like buying a very good x86 PC but install an hypervisor in it and then windows, just because. Well, it would be worse in case of ARM as it is a different architecture.

        The first thing somebody with a Windows ARM computer should do is remove it and install native ARM OS such as Linux or Chrome OS (maybe not this last one…)

      1. Yeah, I can understand expectations being high and there being some disappointment. But it’s important to remember that the real objective for now was to surpass the Mali GPUs that Samsung had relied on until now to be more competitive. Also worth remembering is that AMD has not been focusing on this low-power market in a while, and Qualcomm acquired that division from AMD so they’re a bit ahead in that regard. It will be interesting to see future products to see if they can close the gap.

        1. It’d be nice if AMD learns from this and the Steam Deck’s 4-15W APU and starts making more x86 and ARM-partnered APUs in this power range. Would be great for the liliputers I’m interested in.

          I hope they iron things out for an even better start in this low power market.