Samsung Hypes Galaxy S22 Ray Tracing With AMD RDNA 2-Infused Exynos SoC

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Earlier this year, AMD confirmed that Samsung's next-generation Exynos mobile SoCs would incorporate its RDNA 2 graphics technology. At the time, AMD said that the RDNA 2 intellectual property leveraged by the new Exynos family would "[bring] ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities to flagship mobile devices."

Now, Samsung is delving a little deeper into the ray-tracing capabilities of the upcoming [alleged] Exynos 2200. The company posted comparison images to its Weibo page, which shows a game scene rendered with and without ray tracing enabled. With the shot taken from a device powered by an Exynos SoC, we see enhanced lighting effects with the flames under the tank and the building in the background. However, inexplicably, a car set ablaze in the Exynos shot is completely removed from the "standard" GPU shot.

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Unfortunately, Samsung's sample shots here are relatively small, and we can't perform any close-up analysis of the scenes. In addition, real-time ray tracing requires some beefy hardware on the PC side to achieve in games, resulting in a dramatic drop in framerates when enabled. Given the strict power demands in a mobile form factor, it will be interesting to see just how much of a difference ray tracing will make for smartphone gaming.

According to the most recent leaks, the Exynos 2200 has a single Cortex-X2 core clocked at 2.9GHz, three 2.8GHz high-performance cores, and four 2.2GHz efficiency cores (all likely using Armv9 architecture). In addition, the RDNA 2-based GPU is also reportedly clocked at 1.25GHz.

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The first device to likely use the Exynos 2200 will be global versions of the upcoming Galaxy S22 flagship smartphone. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra sometime in January 2022.

The Exynos 2200 will enter a crowded field in the next-generation flagship SoC space. Apple kicked things off with the A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13, and Google's new Tensor SoC will power the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. And we can't forget that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 will power most flagship Android smartphones in 2022.