Samsung delays Exynos chip with AMD graphics as rumors of heat issues persist

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Samsung was supposed to announce a new Exynos mobile chip this week, but that didn’t happen. It wouldn’t be the first time an event was delayed at the last minute, but Samsung didn’t say a word – it just ghosted everyone. Samsung has since claimed there’s nothing wrong, and the Exynos 2200 will launch alongside an upcoming phone, but rumors point to major issues with Samsung’s big AMD partnership.

Samsung has made Exynos chips since the early days of Android, but it never quite relied on them. Most Samsung Flagships in the US market have Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, and these are generally considered the best version of the phones. The international market stands Exynos, which in recent years has made higher heat and lower performance. The move to an AMD GPU was meant to revitalize the company’s system-on-chip.

After the announcement didn’t go as planned, Ars Technica reports that Samsung released a statement saying in part, “There are no issues with the production and performance of the AP.” Yet the rumors persist. After breaking the news of the canceled event, Samsung leaker Ice Universe took to social media Sina Weibo to leak what he heard inside Samsung, and it is juicy.

Older Samsung Exynos chips used ARM’s Mali reference GPU designs. Qualcomm, however, has its custom Adreno GPU technology. A partnership with AMD to integrate RDNA2 technology into its mobile chipset could revitalize the Exynos line. However, Samsung may have been a little too ambitious with its schedule. Ice Universe says the company is scrambling to address heat issues that could scuttle the S22 launch. The Exynos 2200’s RDNA2 GPU cores are supposed to run at 1.9 GHz, but thermal performance starts to drop significantly at just 1.29 GHz. The idea is to to improve gaming performance with RDNA2, but it could do the opposite. This has supposedly led to recriminations across the company as the launch of the S22 draws closer and management looks for someone to blame.

Samsung can get away with skipping a chipset launch, but that’s not the case when it comes to its big annual refresh of its flagship phone. Could Samsung rely on Qualcomm for all S22 phones? Currently, Samsung has the S22 reveal scheduled for February 8th. Samsung usually starts taking pre-orders a few weeks after announcing new Galaxy S phones. If there are any issues with the Exynos 2200, it’s a bit late to change anything. However, there is no rule stating that Samsung must release the S22 in February or March. If there’s a smartphone OEM on Earth that could make a hardware change like this in such a short time, it’s Samsung.

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