This may come as no surprise to long-time Samsung smartphone fans, but the fact that it was revealed by a trustworthy leaker makes it all the more fascinating in light of previous speculations concerning these CPUs.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 features two distinct versions, one with a Snapdragon 898 chip and the other with an Exynos 2200 chip, depending on whether it’s the basic, Pro, or Ultra version. This might result in a significant change in graphics performance.
The Exynos 2200 version of the Galaxy S22, presumably the one our U.K. readers will be able to buy, has been the subject of some fascinating leaks. Other than being really quite powerful according to benchmarks, this chip will reportedly come with a new GPU made in partnership with AMD, potentially including RDNA architecture and ray-tracing technology just like the latest graphics cards for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Samsung splits its phones’ chips like this since most U.S. networks are designed with the use of a technology that just happens to be patented by Qualcomm, the manufacturer of the Snapdragon line of chips. Samsung therefore faces the choice of either buying Snapdragon chips to use in models sold in the U.S. (and a few other select markets), or pay expensive licensing fees to make use of Qualcomm’s patented designs.
There’s no sign of whether these graphical benefits will be available on the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S22. Hopefully there is, for the benefit of Samsung’s large American fanbase. However, if the AMD technology is for whatever reason tied to the Exynos chip, it could mean the best S22 models will be those sold in Europe.
Samsung’s semiconductor arm also manufactures some of Qualcomm’s chips on its behalf. This may include the Snapdragon 898 chip (according to leaker Ice Universe) that is expected to power the majority of next year’s Android flagship phones as well as the Galaxy S22.
Beyond the silicon, we’ve heard several other rumors of the Galaxy S22. Recently there’s been a lot of discussion over the new design of the phone’s rear cameras, which currently is believed to have a “waterdrop” design. There’s also talk of the base S22 and the S22 Pro (the replacement for the Galaxy S21 Plus) becoming smaller than last year’s equivalent models. Meanwhile, the S22 Ultra will reportedly remain the same size as the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but may feature a built-in S Pen stylus in the style of Samsung’s Galaxy Note models.