Exynos 2200 specs are out : 2.9GHz Cortex-X2 & AMD GPU
The specs are definitely impressive on paper
Back in January, Samsung unveiled its 2021’s flagship chip, the Exynos 2100, which was based on the 5nm fabrication process and had the incredibly powerful Cortex-X1 high-performance CPU core. On paper, the CPU of Exynos 2100 even defeated that of the Snapdragon 888 since the Cortex-X1 core was clocked at up to 2.9GHz, compared to 2.84GHz in the case of Snapdragon 888. Anyways, as we know, in real-world usage, we saw that Samsung still has a lot of work to do, and Qualcomm’s flagship SOCs are still better than Exynos chipsets. Samsung is already working on the successor of Exynos 2100, the Exynos 2200.
First of all, Samsung went for the Cortex-X2 this time which, as the name suggests, is an upgrade over the X1 and offers a 16% boost in the performance even with the same frequency. The Machine Learning performance of this core is also double as compared to that of X1. ARM claims that the single-thread performance of the Cortex-X2 is 40% better than that of an i5 1135G7 CPU (15W)! In short, there is a big CPU performance boost this time around. The Exynos 2100 is already an incredible chip when it comes to sheer CPU performance, so we can only expect what the Exynos 2200 will be capable of doing!
Apart from this, the other major upgrade is the AMD GPU. This is huge because so far, we have seen that no matter how good Exynos chipsets perform in terms of CPU performance, when it comes to GPU performance, Qualcomm’s Adreno GPUs always beat the Mali GPUs of Exynos chips. This AMD GPU has a frequency of 1250MHz or 1.25GHz. For comparison, the Adreno 660 GPU of Snapdragon 888/888 Plus has a frequency under 1000MHz.
Ice Universe has pointed out these frequencies are only for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. For the Galaxy S22+, it will be lower.
Recently, the Exynos 2200 was benchmarked on Geekbench but that benchmark didn’t show the true capability of this SOC as the Cortex-X2 core was clocked at 2.59GHz in that benchmark. The same was the case with the other three Cortex-A78 cores. So, that benchmark definitely doesn’t tell the whole story.
So yes! The Exynos 2200 is going to be an excellent flagship SOC from Samsung, and there are a lot of significant upgrades this time. It seems like Samsung did work on all the complaints that we had with the Exynos 2100, like the weaker graphics performance than Qualcomm counterparts, thermal throttling etc. What do you think? Will the Exynos 2200 be the best Android SOC for next year? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.