AMD and Samsung are working together: the well-known processor manufacturer will equip the South Koreans’ Exynos chips with a new graphics unit. The GPU also enables ray tracing, which is causing a sensation in the current console generation around PS5 and Xbox Series X. The first Samsung smartphone with the new AMD GPU is already on the horizon.
In addition to 4K graphics and higher frame rates, the new generation of consoles impresses above all with ray tracing. This makes realistic reflections, lighting, and shadows possible, which creates an even more realistic gaming experience. Thanks to the collaboration between Samsung and AMD, ray tracing will in the future not only be available on the Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X but also in your pocket.
Samsung smartphones get AMD graphics units with ray tracing
At Computex 2021, AMD boss Dr. Lisa Su will now reveal some details of what Samsung users can look forward to in the near future. The “next generation of Samsung’s Exynos SoCs” should be equipped with AMD graphics units based on the RDNA-2 architecture. It is said that this enables ray tracing and variable-rate shading, among other things. According to Sue, Samsung will reveal further details about the 5G-capable chip “in the course of the year”.
The AMD boss should allude to the successor to the Exynos 2100, which is expected to be presented this year. The first smartphones based on the new processor could, according to Android Authority in the first half of 2022 come on the market. The Galaxy S22 immediately jumps into the head at this point. A powerful AMD graphics unit with ray-tracing would be a strong selling point for the new Samsung flagship.
Is Samsung planning a Nintendo Switch dock?
The only question that remains is what Samsung plans to do with all the graphics power. Ray tracing is not required for current Android games such as Minecraft for Bloons TD 6, which are ranked 1 and 2 in the Google Play Store. It is conceivable, however, that the electronics company has more extensive plans – such as a Nintendo Switch dock. Owners could then plug their Samsung Galaxy S22 into the dock and play games at console level on the large TV using a connected Bluetooth controller. The right games are still missing, but at least the necessary power would definitely be available.