Samsung is preparing to announce its next-generation mobile chip soon if reports are to be believed.
WCCFTech writes that the new Exynos chip, which features RDNA 2 graphics from AMD, is due to be announced next month. While that sentence alone doesn’t sound exciting, it’s the implication that it will be amazing: RDNA 2 means that the mobile chip will likely include ray tracing and variable refresh rates.
Samsung is scheduled to put the next-generation Exynos chip with AMD RDNA 2 graphics in its upcoming lineup of Galaxy S smartphones. One of the first to break the news out about the July release is a Twitter user who goes by the handle @IceUniverse:
Exclusive：Samsung×AMD GPU was originally scheduled to be released in June, but now it has been postponed to July, when we will know the performance of AMD GPU on Exynos and other details. pic.twitter.com/GM6W8l3EKY
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 20, 2021
AMD announced their partnership with Samsung earlier this month during their much-talked-about Computex 2021 keynote, as reported by The Verge. Alongside the bevy of desktop CPU and GPU releases, the RDNA2 mobile announcement flew relatively under the radar despite its massively impressive implications. If you proposed ray-traced mobile graphics during the time when NVIDIA first launched their Turing series, you would’ve been laughed at.
Since it’s already confirmed, the brand-new Exynos chip will likely help Samsung give Apple a run for its money once those RDNA 2-based smartphones come out, which is not far off now.
Samsung And AMD: A Match Made in Heaven
Samsung has been steadily improving on its current tech, and they’re not shying away from pushing the boundaries.
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Samsung logo is seen in a store inside Galeria Krakowska shopping mall in Krakow, Poland on May 4, 2021.
One of their most recent moves is their testing of 6G connectivity, even when 5G is still relatively new. This is an extremely bold move, but not unfounded. More people are expecting faster wireless connectivity and the ability to send and receive even more massive amounts of data. While 5G can in some way achieve this, it’s theoretically nowhere near the capacity of 6G, which is apparently already reaching the terahertz range. 5G is still in gigahertz.
It’s also worth noting that AMD is the best partner Samsung can have in this day and age when it comes to allies. Team Red has been aggressively pursuing even more powerful processing tech, especially with their Ryzen and Radeon products. But nobody was warned that they’d be able to bring ray-traced graphics to smartphones.
What this could mean is a potential boom in mobile gaming. Putting that much graphical horsepower into a smartphone will allow mobile game developers to further push the technical limits of their titles to a point where smartphone games can actually rival the visuals of console games from the Xbox 360/PS3 days, or perhaps even better.
When the new-generation Exynos chip gets announced next month, Apple and other mainline competitors will have to shore up their defenses against a Samsung onslaught. However, when those phones do come out, it’s going to bring about a brand-new era, one where ray tracing is way more accessible to the masses.
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