Samsung officially launches Exynos 2200 processor with Xclipse GPU (Galaxy S22)
Samsung has launched its own new Exynos 2200 processor. The chip features the Xclipse GPU, which was developed in collaboration with AMD. You will probably come across it in the Galaxy S22 series soon.
Samsung launches Exynos 2200 for the Galaxy S22
These are not easy times in the chip industry. On the one hand, there is pressure to launch new processors every year that are better than last year's. And on the other hand, scarcity makes it difficult to bake or buy enough chips at all. In this field of tension, the Galaxy S22 series will appear next month, which will have a Qualcomm processor in many more markets than usual. Here in Europe, however, the devices will most likely appear with the chip that has just been officially launched.
The Exynos 2200 system on a chip is particularly notable for the Xclipse GPU, which Samsung developed in collaboration with AMD. Based on the RDNA2 architecture, it promises to bring ray tracing and variable rate shading to your phone.
The Exynos 2200 – model number S5E9925 – is baked on a 4 nanometer process, and has eight computing cores. There's a single Cortex-X2 core for the tough stuff, and there's three Cortex-A710 cores that strike a balance between performance and power consumption. For lighter work, there are also four Cortex-A510 cores.
Samsung itself does not mention clock speeds in the press release. We have seen the Exynos run around in circles several times in the Geekbench 5 benchmark. The most recent test results of a Galaxy S22 Ultra with the soc lift a corner of the veil. In any case, we see there that the Cortex-X2 core had a maximum clock speed of 2.80 GHz. The three Cortex-A710 cores ran at a maximum of 2.52 GHz, and the four Cortex-A510 cores at a maximum of 1.82 GHz.
Naturally, this concerns test results of prototypes that do not necessarily reflect the eventual commercial reality.
NPU, modem, and cameras
As it should be in 2022, the Exynos 2200 has its own NPU, which according to Samsung is twice as powerful as the NPU in the Exynos 2100, which is now in the Galaxy S21. Of course there is also a 5G modem, which is integrated directly on the soc itself.
The built-in ISP (Image signal processor) can handle camera sensors with a resolution of up to 200 megapixels. And at a 108 megapixel resolution, video can be recorded at up to 30 frames per second. In addition, 8K video can be processed at 60 fps, and 4k video at 120 fps.
Although Samsung does not immediately confirm that the Exynos 2200 will soon be in the Galaxy S22, the South Koreans do add that the processor is already in mass production. Of course, the timing of this reveal fits perfectly with a release in the S22.
In November, a rumor surfaced that Samsung would start using Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 soc for the Galaxy S22 around the world. We ourselves noted at the time that this applies to some markets, but that the device will probably just appear in Europe with the Exynos 2200.
This was confirmed again yesterday, when we discovered mentions at several European retailers of S22 models with the Exynos 2200 soc.
Of course we have to wait for the final launch of the Galaxy S22, during an Unpacked event that will take place on or around February 8th. The prices of the Galaxy S22 also surfaced last week – at least, rumors about it. The devices are likely to be a step – €50 to €100 – more expensive than the S21 series at launch.
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