Recent rumors and Samsung's own statement had suggested that we wouldn't see an official announcement of the Exynos 2200 chipset this month, but it seems the company just needed an extra week to get everything sorted. The Exynos 2200 was originally expected to go official on January 11, but Samsung is unwrapping everything about its newest mobile processor today. Yes, the Exynos 2200 has finally gone official!
The Exynos 2200 has a multitude of hot new features, from an AMD GPU with PC-like graphical features such as hardware-accelerated ray-tracing to the latest ARM-based CPU cores. The chipset is already in mass production, which means it is right on queue to be used in the upcoming Galaxy S22 series that is expected to be unveiled in a couple of weeks.
Exynos 2200 uses ARM's v9 CPU cores, AMD RDNA2-based Xclipse GPU
Samsung has used its latest semiconductor manufacturing technology—4nm EUV—to fabricate the Exynos 2200 processor. The chipset has a tri-cluster octa-core CPU, consisting of one Cortex-X2 core, three Cortex-A710 cores, and four Cortex-A510 cores. While Samsung hasn't revealed the frequencies at which each CPU cluster runs, we expect the Cortex-X2 core to be clocked at 2.8GHz, Cortex-A710 cores to be clocked at 2.5GHz, and Cortex-A510 cores to be clocked at 1.8GHz or 2GHz.
The AMD RDNA2-based Xclipse 920 GPU is said to be a hybrid GPU positioned between mobile devices and gaming consoles. The GPU can drive 4K displays at 120Hz and QHD+ displays at 144Hz. It features hardware-based ray-tracing and VRS (Variable Rate Shading). VRS offers game developers a way to lower shading rates in areas of the frames where there are fewer changes, leading to lower power consumption. In addition, the chipset has AMIGO (Advanced Multi-IP Governor) for higher power efficiency.
The chipset supports LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. Samsung claims that its new processor offers faster game loading, smoother frame rates, and swift multitasking.
The new dual-core NPU (Neural Processing Unit) inside the Exynos 2200 offers double the performance compared to the Exynos 2100. It means that AI and photography features will work faster and more reliably.
The Exynos 2200's ISP hasn't changed much compared to the one in the Exynos 2100. It supports 200MP sensors and is capable of capturing 108MP images at 30fps and 64MP+32MP simultaneous image capture at 30fps. When it comes to videos, the new chipset can record 4K 120fps and 8K 30fps videos with HDR10+. The Exynos 2200 can play 8K 60fps videos and 4K videos at 240fps.
The new chipset has an integrated 5G modem with support for mmWave and sub-6GHz networks. It offers theoretical download speeds of up to 10Gbps in the EN-DC mode (E-UTRAN New Radio with 4G+5G), 7.35Gbps on mmWave networks, and 5.1Gbps on sub-6GHz networks. Upload speeds top at 3.67Gbps on mmWave networks and 2.55Gbps on sub-6GHz networks. On LTE networks with 8CA, download speeds can reach up to 3Gbps, and upload speeds top at 422Mbps.
Other connectivity features of the Exynos 2200 include BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and USB 3.2 Type-C. Samsung has improved the security, too, and the Exynos 2200 has a dedicated Secure Element to store cryptographic keys, and it boots before the CPU.
Yongin Park, President of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “Built on the most advanced 4-nanometer (nm) EUV (extreme ultraviolet lithography) process, and combined with cutting-edge mobile, GPU, and NPU technology, Samsung has crafted the Exynos 2200 to provide the finest experience for smartphone users. With the Xclipse, our new mobile GPU built with RDNA 2 graphics technology from the industry leader AMD, the Exynos 2200 will redefine mobile gaming experience, aided by enhanced graphics and AI performance. As well as bringing the best mobile experience to the users, Samsung will continue its efforts to lead the journey in logic chip innovation.”
It will be interesting to see how the Exynos 2200 performs in general computing, gaming, and cellular connectivity efficiency compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, MediaTek Dimensity 9000, and the Apple A15 Bionic.
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