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Samsung Galaxy phones soon to feature AMD Radeon tech


The world could soon welcome a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with an AMD Radeon GPUs, a tandem that could possibly keep up with Apple’s powerful A13 chip.

Samsung and AMD first announced their partnership last year. Sadly, people really didn’t hear much about the tandem in the succeeding months. But that is all about to change because a new Samsung Galaxy leak has revealed the fruit of Samsung and AMD’s labor.

AMD Radeon GPU on Samsung Galaxy smartphones

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is currently one of the most powerful devices in the Samsung smartphone lineup. It’s chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is also one of the most powerful mobile processors out there. But it won’t hold a candle to the RDNA GPU that will arrive in the next generation of Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

The partnership between Samsung and AMD has allowed the latter’s graphics to be used on mobile devices such as smartphones.

Astounding benchmark results

Twitter user @Kaz9837 caught wind of Samsung’s first public testing of the RDNA GPU. Apparently, the developers had used the GFXBench to test out the new chip’s performance, and the results are jaw-dropping.

The report shows off-screen results for both the Manhattan 3.1 and the Aztech (at high and normal settings). When compared with the Adreno 650 GPU, which is a component of the Snapdragon 865 chip Samsung currently uses, the difference is astounding.

In the Manhattan test, the RDNA GPU scored at 181.8 frames-per-second (fps) while the Snapdragon 865’s Adreno 650 hits at only 123 fps. There is a noticeable 48% increase in the RDNA chip’s performance.

For the Aztech results, the RDNA GPU scored 138.25 fps in normal settings and 58 fps in high settings. There is an increase of 158% and 190%, respectively, when compared to the Adreno 650’s 53.5 fps (normal) and 20 fps (high).

The RDNA GPU vs. Snapdragon 865 and Apple’s A13

The Adreno 650 is a component of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, and as indicated above, there is no competition. The RDNA chip is more powerful than the Snapdragon 865.

Those figures are only the results of initial testing. However, the RDNA GPU could already wipe the floor with Apple’s A13 chip. The A13 is said to be the industry’s most powerful processor to date. Who knows just how powerful the RDNA chip will be when it is released and how it would compare to the rumored A14 chip.

Surely, the RDNA chip will put Samsung Galaxy smartphones on an even playing field with Apple’s iPhone.

The RDNA GPU on the Exynos 1000

Some S20 Ultra smartphones are using Samsung’s Exynos 990 chip. Unfortunately, since its release, the S20 Ultra Exynos variant had suffered from several issues like overheating, camera focusing problems, and high battery usage.

Many have compared it to the Snapdragon 865 variant, which performed well beyond expectations. Because of this, Samsung felt a bit humiliated with the failure of their Exynos chip and is now believed to be working on an upgraded version, the Exynos 992.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 would probably come with this new and improved Exynos chip. However, with the company’s partnership with AMD, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Exynos 1000 with AMD graphics.

If all goes well, the world would see the Exynos 1000 in 2021 for the future generations of Samsung Galaxy.

Images courtesy of Mark Chan and Christian Wiediger/Unsplash

Carlo Rodriguez

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