Samsung’s Exynos 2200 SoC featuring the Exclipse 920 is reportedly just 17% faster than its predecessor, the Mali-G78 graphics (on the Exynos 2100). Based on AMD’s Radeon RDNA 2 graphics architecture, the Exclipse 920 is supposed to be one of the key highlights of the Exynos 2200. Boasting support for hardware-accelerated ray-tracing courtesy of dedicated Ray Accelerators, Samsung has been promising console-grade graphics with its next-gen SoC.
However, going by the figures shared by TechAltar, the Exynos 2200 is going to be a sore disappointment. According to the influencer, the “next-gen” SoC from the Korean smartphone maker will feature a CPU just 5% faster than its predecessor. The GPU, on the other hand, will be a notable (yet disappointing) 17% faster than the Mali-G78 powering the Exynos 2100.
The NPU with a gen-over-gen improvement of 115% is the only noteworthy upgrade, but the implications are quite limited. Overall, the Exynos 2200 is looking more and more like a PR stunt, relying on the “console-grade” marketing label that comes with AMD’s RDNA 2-powered Exclipse 920 GPU. Even if it ends up being the sole GPU in the mobile market with ray-tracing support, it’ll be far from enough to offset the flimsy raster performance.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 with its Cortex-X1 based cores and an Adreno 660 GPU should be consistently faster than the Exynos 2200 in both CPU and GPU workloads. It’s worth noting that the Adreno 660 also supports VRS, leaving the Xclipse GPU with poor raster performance and an inconsequential ray-tracing tag.