The collaboration between Samsung and AMD has brought us countless leaks and rumors over the past few months. In February, the internet exploded after an informant posted that Samsung will unveil the GPU co-developed with AMD later this year.
Two months later, another leak fueled the stones of the rumor mill. The alleged The Exynos 2200 chip with AMD GPU was supposed to compete with Apple M1. In early June, Samsung officially confirmed the first Exynos chip with AMD GPU – making things even more exciting.
Now we have another leak regarding the hot new Exynos chip, this time from the Chinese Weibo network. An image of what appears to be an advertisement for the ray tracing capabilities of the new Exynos chip briefly appeared on the network just to be removed shortly after.
Those of you who are fluent in Chinese can translate the text on the image, for everyone else (like us) there is always Google Translate. It says something like that in the headline “Ray-tracing technology brings image to life. The two images of a battlefield speak for themselves. The fine print below is also quite interesting. “Shutterstock image for reference only. “ Then “Images, models, data, performance, specifications, etc. of the products in this advertisement are for reference only. Unless stated otherwise, the numbers in this advertisement are Samsung’s internal test data.
It all sounds pretty much like the text you would normally find in an ad like this. The fact that the image was removed fairly quickly says a lot, too.
What is ray tracing?
Ray tracing is an algorithm that renders lighting in games and other computer-generated images. It is a much more realistic approach which gives spectacular results but it is also very demanding in terms of material. This is also the reason why this technology is entering the gaming industry right now – in the last couple of years, although it first appeared in 1968.
Advances in modern hardware made it possible to implement dedicated ray tracing cores in computer graphics cards and the whole ray tracing craze was sparked. Games look better with ray tracing, but the performance can be huge.
Ray tracing on mobile devices
Introducing ray tracing to mobile devices is the next logical step as we use them constantly. Games on mobile devices have also grown exponentially in recent years – according to Techjury games account for 43% of all smartphone uses.
The fact that Samsung and AMD are aiming to bring this technology to your next Galaxy devices (presumably the Samsung Galaxy S22) shows that silicon will be quite powerful.
This appears to be the case – a the alleged AMD Exynos GPU benchmark showed it to be comparable to Apple’s A14, then there was another benchmark leak comparing the Galaxy S21 with the Galaxy S22 loaded with Exynos 2200.
We’re not absolutely sure what the benefits of ray tracing on a 6-7 inch screen. With global illumination algorithms, the larger the scene, the greater the impact. We’re not saying it won’t make a difference, just it probably won’t be as breathtaking as you imagine.
Another thing to consider is the actual tech support in games. This was a huge problem when the technology hit gaming desktops in 2019. Only a handful of games supported it.
But let’s talk about Exynos and Samsung. The Korean company has been criticized for using Exynos chips in the last few generations of the Galaxy because they were somewhat inferior to their Snapdragon counterparts.
With the Exynos 2200 and the AMD partnership, Samsung aims to not only wow the world with the world’s first mobile ray-tracing GPU, but also to redeem itself and give Qualcomm a run for its money. And at first glance, Korean society might just do it. Exciting times to come!