Samsung’s Surprise Exynos 2200 Announcement Leaves Us With More Questions

The Exynos 2200 chip with two shrugging emoji.
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After Samsung bailed on its Exynos 2200 launch event last week, it promised to debut the chip alongside its next device, presumably the Galaxy S22. But for whatever reason, the company changed its mind. It’s now giving us a first look at the chip … without any of the key details.

As expected, the Exynos 2200 packs an AMD-made “Samsung Xclipse 920 GPU,” which uses the same RDNA 2 architecture as AMD’s Radeon desktop GPUs. Not only is this the first Samsung chip with AMD graphics, but it supports ray-tracing, a technology that was previously exclusive to PCs and consoles.

Like Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, the Exynos 2200 uses a 4nm design with one Cortex X2 CPU (for single-threaded tasks), three Cortex A710 cores, and four Cortex A510 cores (for low-power tasks). Ignoring graphics performance, the Exynos 2200 should match the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

But you’d better watch out, because there’s an elephant in the room. Samsung’s Exynos 2200 press release doesn’t include any performance claims. We don’t know how fast the chip’s CPU or GPU run, or what improvements Samsung made over its last SoC, the Exynos 2100.

Last week, leakers claimed that thermal issues delayed the Exynos 2200 launch. They say that the chip runs too hot at 1.9GHz, its target frequency, and only reaches acceptable temperatures at 1.24GHz.

If these leaks are correct, then Samsung could make some last-minute adjustments to the Exynos 2200 before it announces any performance specs. These adjustments could include design changes, but given the Galaxy S22’s upcoming release, throttling seems more likely.

Samsung usually launches its Galaxy flagships with a Qualcomm chip in the United States, China, and other regions. If the company is really having trouble with its Exynos 2200 chip, though, then other regions could end up with a Snapdragon processor in the Galaxy S22. It’s a shame—Samsung is clearly trying to wean off of Qualcomm by developing its own better-optimized chips, much like Google did with the Pixel 6 release.

Source: Samsung via Ars Technica