Samsung phones to get ray tracing, variable rate shading with next Exynos chip

AMD Samsung Exynos chip announcement Computex 2021

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  • AMD has announced that Samsung will share more details of its Exynos chip with an AMD GPU later this year.
  • The new flagship SoC will feature ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities.

Back in 2019, Samsung partnered with AMD t0 bring next-gen GPU architecture to mobile devices. Now, we may finally have a timeframe as to when we’ll see the long-awaited flagship Exynos chipset with an AMD GPU.

During her keynote address at the ongoing virtual Computex 2021 conference, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su teased a few additional details about the upcoming Exynos mobile SoC with AMD graphics.

“AMD is partnering with Samsung on its next-generation Exynos SoC, which will feature custom AMD RDNA 2 architecture-based graphics IP that brings ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities to flagship mobile devices,” AMD noted its Computex press release.

Dr. Su also announced that Samsung would share more details about the new 5G chipset “later this year.” Given the statement, Samsung may make the follow-up to the Exynos 2100 official within the year. That means we can expect the new AMD-powered silicon to run the Galaxy S series flagships that launch in the first half of 2022.

Samsung had also previously confirmed that its next flagship Exynos chip, a follow-up to the Exynos 2100, would come with the AMD mobile GPU.

A recent report also suggested that the rumored Exynos 2200 chip with the AMD GPU could come to laptops as early as this year.

Also read: AMD hints at how RDNA could beat Qualcomm’s Adreno GPU

It’s too soon to say if the AMD GPU will bring about a big boost to the Exynos platform. However, graphics performance has always been a weak point for Samsung’s chips and we hope to see an improvement with the new partnership in place.

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