The Exynos 2200 is official! This is the title that probably surprised me the most. After the canceled announcement of the SoC on January 11, the rumors multiplied. Samsung has just put an end to all speculation by presenting its new high-end SoC. Check out the Exynos 2200 and what it tells us about the Galaxy S22 series .
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is considered to be one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2022. The flagship presentation is expected to take place on February 8th and so Samsung wanted to give us a taste of the power of the smartphone with the presentation of the Exynos 2200 on January 11. But this presentation was canceled and many wondered if the Exynos 2200 was still relevant. But almost exactly a week late, the Soc is finally official.
Previous teasers already suggested that Samsung had developed its new SoC in collaboration with AMD. The official presentation of the SoC has just confirmed this partnership. The AMD RDNA 2 architecture is present in the Exynos 2200 and will support raytracing. Reflections and lighting effects in mobile games could thus appear significantly more realistic on the Galaxy S22. Normally, we are more familiar with the raytracing of high-end graphics cards in computers or game consoles.
AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture extends advanced and efficient graphics solutions to PCs, laptops, consoles, cars and now smartphones. Samsung’s Xclipse GPU is the first result of several planned generations of AMD RDNA graphics in Exynos SoCs – David Wang, Senior VP, Radeon Technology Group AMD
Exynos 2200: A tri-cluster design and enhanced energy efficiency
But the new Soc should not only excel in mobile games. One high-performance Cortex-X2 core, three Cortex-A710 cores, and four Cortex-A510 cores are used in an efficient tri-cluster design. The SoC thus has a structure similar to that of its two competitors, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 . Also, the SoC is etched in 4nm so that it can operate in an energy-efficient manner.
The Exynos 2200 therefore still arrives in time to be used in the Galaxy S22, but other questions arise now. It is still unclear which models will use this SoC. We can assume that it is above all the S22 Ultra which will be equipped with the SoC. Also, it’s debatable whether game developers will really be able to harness the graphics power of the AMD architecture.
This assumption is particularly evident if Samsung resorts to a Snapdragon SoC in the US and other regions, as is the tradition with the Galaxy S series. This would make it difficult for game developers even for exclusive mobile games , to take advantage of the RDNA-2 architecture.
When I think back to the early days of mobile games, the Snake of Nokia phones still haunts my dreams today. Since the 90s, mobile games have come a long way and the partnership with AMD is an important next step. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what mobile games will look like in a year from now. In any case, Samsung promises us a great gaming experience with its new Exynos 2200.
Support for 8K and 200 MP sensors
Besides the gaming qualities, the SoC also looks promising in other areas of use. Samsung is thus promoting support for 8K videos, which can also be edited via the SoC. If you’ve read our full Galaxy S21 Ultra review , then you know this was already possible before. While the 8K Video Snap function worked satisfactorily, some jerkiness was to be expected when editing 8K content.
It’s also worth noting that the Exynos 2200’s image processor is capable of handling higher resolutions. According to Samsung’s homepage, the new SoC will be able to handle sensors of up to 200 MP. If you use two cameras at the same time, the smartphone will record 108 MP videos at 30 fps. This is impressive data, which will be especially interesting for computational photography.
What do you think of Samsung’s new SoC? Do you think the Exynos 2200 can influence the mobile gaming market? Do you think the SoC will be available globally for all Samsung Galaxy S22 models? Let us know in the comments!