Today, Samsung has taken the wraps off its latest flagship chipset, the “Exynos 2200” and it comes with loads of new stuff. The Exynos 2200 chip will power the Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphones in some regions.
Samsung built the new chip on the 4nm EUV process technology and the Exynos 2200 chip also features a custom GPU called Xclipse. This GPU comes with gaming technology that was previously only available on PCs.
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Exynos 2200 GPU
The Xclipse GPU architecture of the Exynos 2200 is based on AMD RDNA2 and this makes it very different from other mobile GPUs. Xclipse GPU is a “one-of-a-kind hybrid graphics processor” that features advanced ray tracing and variable rate shading on mobile.
Both features had only been available for GPUs for PC. The Exynos 2200 will be among the first mobile chip to bring this PC game tech into smartphones.
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Ray tracing is a type of technology that simulates light behavior in real life (usually fund in GPU for PCs). This tech calculates the movement and color of objects as light rays bounce off surfaces.
The hardware-accelerated feature provides true-to-life effects and immersive graphics. This makes playing games that support these features very interesting and fun.
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Another PC gaming tech that has been introduced in the Exynos 2200 Xclipse GPU is “Variable rate shading”. This technology is seen in PC and console games. It lets game developers apply lower shading to areas where quality won’t be affected. This helps improve the frame rate and the smoothness of playing such games.
Exynos 2200 CPU
Exynos 2200 is also one of the first chips integrating Armv9 CPU cores. This octa-core processor has a single powerful Cortex-X2 core, three Cortex-A710 balancing performance and efficiency, and four Cortex-A510 little cores for power efficiency.
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Samsung is yet to release the GHZ or frequency of the CPU cores. But the new GPU and improved CPU are accompanied by a more powerful Neural Processing Unit (NPU).
The NPU in the Exynos 2200 is two times more powerful than the one inside the previously released Exynos 2100. The new NPU also performs more calculations in parallel and features a better AI performance.
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Exynos 2200 camera, RAM, and Storage
When it comes to the camera, the Exynos 2200 supports up to 200MP single camera, 8K video recording, 4K displays at up to 120Hz, or QHD+ ones at 144Hz.
The chipset features the latest LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The 5G modem inside works both on the sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies. And the global navigation system supports all major standards and satellites.
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According to Samsung, the Exynos 2200 is “currently in mass production”. But, there’s no official date as to when we’ll see it in the Samsung Galaxy S22 series. Words on the street say it might debut in the device by February 8.