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Samsung finally announces launch date for AMD-powered Exynos chip

Could this be the Exynos 2200 for the Galaxy S22 series?
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December 30, 2021
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TL;DR
  • A new Exynos chip — presumably the Exynos 2200 — will launch on January 11, 2022.
  • This will be the first Samsung chipset with a GPU designed in partnership with AMD.
  • It is not totally clear if this will be the chip to appear in the Galaxy S22 series, but it is possible.

In 2019, Samsung and AMD announced a partnership. This deal would bring AMD graphical innovations to Samsung’s line of Exynos chipsets. Both companies eventually boasted that high-end graphical features such as ray-tracing would happen on smartphones.

See also: Everything you need to know about Exynos chips

However, we haven’t seen anything come of the partnership yet. That will change on January 11, 2022, which is the date set for the launch of a new Exynos chip — presumably the Exynos 2200. If that pans out, this would be the chip we’d find in global variants of the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.

Check out the announcement teaser video below:

#PlaytimeIsOver. The gaming marketplace is about to get serious. Stay tuned for the next #Exynos with the new GPU born from RDNA 2. January 11, 2022. pic.twitter.com/5V547CpDkP
— Samsung Semiconductor (@SamsungDSGlobal) December 30, 2021

Exynos 2200? Lots of questions…

We say this could presumably be the Exynos 2200, but Samsung has never claimed the 2200 would be the first product to launch from the AMD partnership. As such, this announcement could be for a specialized chip that won’t appear in the Galaxy S22 series. It also could be a demonstration only, with a later launch planned, possibly even in 2023.

However, if this is not the Exynos 2200, that would be very strange because the Galaxy S22 series is going to need some sort of Exynos chip inside it. Samsung wouldn’t launch the S22 with last year’s Exynos 2100, so it makes sense to assume the January 11 announcement is for the 2200 and it will be the first chip co-produced with AMD.

There’s also the possibility that this is the expected Galaxy S22 chipset, but it won’t land under the expected 2200 name. After all, Qualcomm changed up its naming strategy for its chips this year.

Until we see the launch, though, there are lots of questions surrounding this chip. Regardless, whatever Samsung announces that day could be a huge jump forward for the Exynos line.