Samsung has started testing its next flagship smartphone SoC – expected to be Exynos 2200 – ahead of a Jan. 11 announcement with a tantalizing tidbit of information: The new chipset will feature a GPU with AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture, better known for being the next-gen graphics of the Xbox series to operate X, PlayStation 5 and AMD’s RX 6000 series graphics cards.
Obviously, given that the Exynos 2200 powers a smartphone, the new GPU won’t allow next-generation graphics at the level of the most powerful consoles and gaming PCs. But it will likely allow for some improvements in the graphics, along with every other upgrade Samsung has up its sleeve for its latest flagship chip.
As the successor to the 2021 Exynos 2100, the Exynos 2200 is likely to power some of Samsung’s top performing phones in 2022, including the alleged Galaxy S22 and S22 Ultra. As usual, however, it’s likely that Samsung’s in-house designed phones will be limited to international models of its upcoming flagships, with the US variants likely to use Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset instead.
Fortunately, we don’t have to wait long to find out more details about the Exynos 2200 (or whatever Samsung calls it) as the company promises an official debut on January 11th.