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

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

Samsung has been making Exynos chips since the early days of Android, but it has never fully rested from it. Most of Samsung’s flagships in the US market have Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, and these are generally considered to be the best version of phones. The international market gets Exynos, which in recent years has resulted in higher heat and lower performance. The switch to an AMD GPU was supposed to revitalize the company’s system on a chip.

After the announcement did not go as planned, Ars Technica reports that Samsung issued a statement saying in part, “There is no problem with the production and performance of the AP. Yet the rumors persist. After announcing the event’s cancellation, the Samsung Ice Universe leaker took to social network Sina Weibo to disclose what he had heard from inside Samsung, and it’s juicy.

Older Samsung Exynos chips used ARM Mali’s benchmark 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 range. Perhaps Samsung was a little too ambitious with its timeline, however. Ice Universe claims the company is scrambling to fix heat issues that could cause the S22’s launch to fail. The Exynos 2200’s RDNA2 GPU cores are said to run at 1.9GHz, but thermal performance begins to drop dramatically to just 1.29GHz. 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 S22 comes to an end 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 the big annual refresh of its flagship phone. Could Samsung rely on Qualcomm for all S22 phones? Currently, Samsung has scheduled the reveal of the S22 for February 8. Samsung typically starts taking pre-orders a few weeks after the announcement of the 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 that says Samsung has to 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 period of time, it’s Samsung.

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