The collaboration between Samsung and AMD to develop Radeon GPUs for smartphones continues. Such collaboration will allow the South Korean company to use RDNA GPUs in its Exynos SoCs, although we don’t have much information about it yet, unfortunately.
If we trust the latest rumors, that collaboration between Samsung and AMD goes for a long time, so much so that we will not see the first Exynos SoC with Radeon GPU until 2023, and that chip will be called Exynos 9925. It will use a CPU with next-generation Cortex cores, at least on its high-performance block, and you will finally have an RDNA graphics solution from AMD.
This means that Samsung will continue to rely on ARM’s Mali GPUs for a couple more generations (2021 and 2022). These graphics solutions offer good performance, but are not up to the standards of Qualcomm’s Adreno used in Snapdragon SoCs.
Everything surrounding AMD’s RDNA GPUs for Exynos SoCs remains a mystery. We are not even clear that they will be a direct adaptation of the RDNA architecture, so we cannot rule out that in the end they will end up being more of a conversion of the RDNA 2 architecture.
In any case, the most important thing here is that the first forecasts on these GPUs from AMD are very positive, since they suggest that they will be well above their Adreno equivalents, both in raw power and in terms of efficiency.
Betting on Radeon GPUs from AMD can be a winning move by Samsung, as it will allow it to differentiate its Exynos SoCs and improve their value, especially for users who want to use their smartphone to play games.