The next big Snapdragon upgrade for Galaxy flagships just leaked


Last updated: June 4th, 2021 at 11:24 UTC+02:00

Samsung launches two variants of its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series flagship smartphones every year. The global variant uses the Exynos processor, while the China and US variants use a comparable Snapdragon processor. The Galaxy S22 series could follow the same path next year, and the next-generation flagship Snapdragon processor has just been leaked.

Next-gen flagship Snapdragon chip that could be used in Galaxy S22 is built on a 4nm process

According to the information tweeted by reliable tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks), Qualcomm’s next flagship processor bears model number SM8450 and is built using a 4nm process (probably made by Samsung Foundry). It reportedly uses the Kryo 780 CPU, which is based on the ARM v9 architecture that was unveiled last week. For graphics processing, the chipset could use the Adreno 730 GPU. It will reportedly be compatible with quad-channel LPDDR5 RAM.

The next-generation Snapdragon flagship could use the Adreno 665 VPU for processing videos and the Adreno 1195 DPU for driving the smartphone’s display. The Spectra 680 ISP could be used for processing images, and videos shot using the camera. In terms of connectivity, it could use the Snapdragon X65 5G modem (mmWave and sub-6GHz) and the FastConnect 6900 sub-system (for Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and aptX).

It is being expected that the chipset could use one Cortex-X2-based CPU core, three Cortex-A710-based CPU cores, and four Cortex-A510-based CPU cores. We could expect massive performance gains in both CPU and GPU segments with the next flagship Snapdragon processor. ARM had promised 16% performance improvement with the Cortex-X2 cores compared to the Cortex-X1 cores.

Exynos 2200 could use ARM’s v9 architecture as well

It is also rumored that Samsung’s next-generation Exynos processor, the Exynos 2200, could use a similar CPU structure: one Cortex-X2 CPU core, three Cortex-A710 CPU cores, and four Cortex-A510 CPU cores. However, the Exynos processor will switch from ARM Mali GPU series to custom AMD RDNA2-based mobile GPU that could go neck-to-neck with Apple’s in-house GPU used in iPhones, iPads, and newer Macs.

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