Since last summer, we already know that Samsung and AMD are preparing a joint SoC with an integrated Radeon RDNA 2 GPU, which should equip the future Galaxy S22. We learn today that it would be more efficient than the A14 chip of the iPhone 12 and that it should be engraved in 4nm.
Samsung and AMD have often reported working together on an Exynos chip. Both companies benefit from each other’s technological research, and now want to offer a SoC for mobile as powerful as that of a PC. A few months ago, we learned that Samsung has the ambition to integrate its future SoC into a laptop PC equipped with Windows 10, in the same way as Apple with its M1.
Initially planned in 5nm, TSMC declared a few days ago that its 4nm manufacturing process was one quarter ahead, and that it could enter production by the end of 2021, instead of 2022. As the 4nm is an intermediate step, it will integrate the N5 family which groups all engraving nodes in 5nm, and will therefore be suitable for products initially planned in 5nm, with a slight optimization of performance and consumption (not indicated at the moment).
THE GPU OF THE GALAXY S22 WOULD BE MUCH BETTER THAN THE IPHONE 12, AND THE IPHONE 13?
In addition, the new Samsung SoC could well integrate the most powerful GPU ever designed by Samsung. Thanks to the benchmarks of GFXBench, which has already been able to establish preliminary results, we observe that the Exynos 2200 would thus be up to almost 2 times faster than the A14 of the iPhone 12.
In addition, this Exynos 2200 should also surpass the upcoming Snapdragon SM8450 equipped with an iGPU Adreno 730, which will probably equip all future flagships like the Xiaomi Mi 12, the OnePlus 10… and especially the US-only version of the Galaxy S22.
These first benchmarks need to be put into perspective. That the next generation of product is better than the old is not a revelation in itself. It would be especially interesting to see what gives this famous Exynos 2200 of the S22 against the A15 of the iPhone 13 at the release of the new flagship of Apple.
Nevertheless, according to the latest rumors, the next A15 should not be a revolution and bring only a slight evolution compared to the A14 of the current iPhone 12. Since production started last May, this A15 will not benefit from the 4nm contribution and will always remain on a 5nm engraving, like the current A14. Certainly, thanks to its M1, Apple now perfectly masters the ARM architecture. It remains to be seen if the Cupertino firm will manage to optimize its SoC by staying on the same engraving finesse, and especially if it will manage to stand up to Samsung and AMD, which are more shaped than ever.