Last year, Samsung and AMD announced a partnership that was unsurprisingly filled with “forward-looking” statements. It was pretty much presumed that Samsung would be licensing AMD’s Radeon graphics technology for use in its own Exynos chips. According to new report the next Galaxy Smartphone coming next year will sports the AMD Radeon GPU inside.
Following nearly a year of no updates, newly emerged information indicates the project is still on course to hit that tentative release window. AMD is now said to be in the process of optimizing the custom GPU which may be integrated into Samsung’s seminal 5nm silicon.
However, as powerful as ARM chips have become, they still lag considerably behind their desktop counterparts when it comes to graphics performance. ARM’s “vanilla” Mali GPU and Qualcomm’s custom Adreno are practically the only choices smartphone manufacturers have. They actually have even less choice because these GPUs are attached to the CPUs that come with the entire System-on-Chip or SoC.
According to GFXBench listing for the AMD RDNA architecture that will be used on future Samsung Exynos chips surpasses the current Qualcomm Adreno 650 in many of the synthetic benchmark tests. This Adreno GPU is the one used in the Snapdragon 865 which is already ahead of the race (except against Apple’s A13 Bionic).
Frankly, Samsung may introduce the AMD GPUs in an Exynos 1000 next year that may also be the industry’s first 5nm process chip.
This new plan is good for the company. Samsung Exynos have suffered alot in the hand of Qualcomm Snapdragon. Samsung is also said to be working on a revised 7nm offering after reportedly feeling “humiliated” by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865. The SoC, possibly called the Exynos 992, could power the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series expected to launch later this year.