According to information relayed on Twitter, the partnership signed between Samsung and AMD for the graphics parts of the next Exynos chips could bear fruit as of this year.
What if the Galaxy Z Fold 3 was equipped with an iGPU signed by AMD? Recent rumors suggest that Samsung would be able to launch its new Exynos SoCs equipped with graphics designed by AMD much sooner than expected. The thing is the result of a partnership concluded in 2019 between Samsung and Lisa Su’s firm. A partnership that had been talked about again at the beginning of January, when Samsung promised that its next generation of SoC Exynos would be equipped with AMD Radeon iGPUs.
As summarized by the specialized site SamMobile, the beginning of the year 2022 was then expected for an introduction of these new chips on the Galaxy S22, but ultimately, the thing could occur as early as the second or third quarter of 2021.
AMD’s expertise to spice up the next Exynos
In any case, this is what Ice Universe indicates on Twitter. The interested party also believes that the Radeon iGPUs designed by AMD would be able to equip the future Exynos chips of the 2XXX and 1XXX series. By the admission of leaker, it would nevertheless be necessary to take this launch window with a grain of salt, nothing having obviously stopped at Samsung at this stage.
We will see Samsung release Samsung × AMD GPUs in the second or third quarter of 2021, which will be used in the next Exynos 2xxx and next Exynos 1xxx processors, Samsung may change the release time of the new processors.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 24, 2021
As a reminder, this Samsung alliance with AMD came just a few months before the Korean giant decided to dissolve its division responsible for developing CPU cores internally, in favor of cores developed by the British ARM. This strategic decision notably allowed the very recent Exynos 2100 to move up in the rankings against the Snapdragon 888 with which it now shares Cortex-X1 and Cortex-A78 cores. However, in terms of graphics performance, Samsung’s new chip is still slightly behind the competition. This is where AMD and its GPU expertise should be a game-changer for the next generations of Exynos.
At least this is the hope of Samsung, which would like to establish itself as an alternative to Qualcomm and MediaTek in the SoC market for smartphones. At this time, the company is already supplying Exynos 1080 to Chinese Vivo for some of its devices.