Samsung has denied reports of the Exynos 2200 launching on November 19. But the new chipset is gradually approaching its official unveiling. Ahead of that, we have the purported official GPU benchmark results of the processor, courtesy of Korean leaker Tron (@FrontTron). And the numbers suggest quite a big performance uplift from the Exynos 2100.
The Exynos 2200 will reportedly deliver up to 20 percent improvement in sustained GPU performance over its predecessor. The peak graphics performance will improve by 31-34 percent. The new chipset will also reportedly offer a big boost in 3DMark performance (Wild Life) over the outgoing Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. Note that these benchmark results are based on pre-release hardware and software. So the numbers could change slightly over time.
Of course, the Exynos 2200 will battle against Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 898 MediaTek’s Dimensity 2000, so these numbers don’t tell where it sits in this competition. But things are looking quite promising for the Korean company. And a lot of credit goes to its partnership with AMD. The two companies joined hands in June 2019 for developing mobile GPUs. Samsung will use AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture in its Exynos processors. The Exynos 2200 is the first chipset to benefit from this partnership.
The Exynos 2200 could enable Samsung to catch up with Qualcomm
Samsung’s Exynos team has been under a lot of pressure recently. Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets have consistently outperformed the Exynos counterparts for the past few years. But the Korean firm has regained some of the lost ground with its last flagship processor, the Exynos 2100. The performance difference between it and the Snapdragon 888 isn’t as egregious as the two companies’ competing solutions a couple of years back.
Going forward, things are looking even better for Samsung. The upcoming Exynos 2200 has plenty going for it, not least the sheer boost in GPU performance we are seeing. Combined with other advanced graphics technologies from AMD, such as ray tracing and variable-rate shading, something we usually find in desktop and laptop GPUs, the new Exynos processor could give the Snapdragon 898 a run for its money.
We are not just expecting the Exynos 2200 to outperform the Snapdragon 898 in the GPU department but also go neck-on-neck in terms of CPU performance. Both processors will be built on a 4nm process. Moreover, they are also expected to employ ARM’s latest V9 architecture with identical CPU core arrangements: one Cortex X2 super core, three Cortex A710 mid-cores, and four Cortex A510 power-efficient small cores.
Samsung doesn’t have a very good reputation for the power efficiency and thermal management capabilities of its Exynos processors. If the Korean firm manages to get these things right, then we are in for a fierce battle between it and Qualcomm, and Mediatek too, in the flagship smartphone SoC market.