Today we’ll discuss the Samsung Exynos 2500 and its GPU. Although the Exynos 2400 has not yet hit the market, we are already talking about its successor. This new SoC is expected to be Samsung’s first high-end SoC truly capable of competing head-to-head with companies like Qualcomm and MediaTek. To achieve this, it will use its most advanced manufacturing process and adopt AMD’s next-generation graphics architecture, which will debut next year.
Initial reports from @Tech_Reve suggest significant advancements in CPU, GPU, and the use of the fastest RAM on the market to compete in the high-end mobile segment. Now, let’s take a closer look at what we can expect from this new SoC.
Here’s what we know about the Samsung Exynos 2500 and its GPU so far:
It’s worth noting that expectations for the Exynos 2400 were not very high, as Samsung primarily hired GPU talents for the 2500, not the 2400.
2500 GPU Specifications:
– Uses LPDDR5T (LPDDR6 will be available from 2026)
– Based on RDNA4 architecture GPU.
— Revegnus (@Tech_Reve) October 30, 2023
As one might expect, the chip will be manufactured in-house by Samsung Foundry. Specifically, it is reported to be the company’s first chip to use its 3nm manufacturing process. This will enable the implementation of next-generation Arm cores at high frequencies without having a significant impact on energy consumption.
The most relevant aspect is the graphics. It is reported that Samsung hired talents related to GPU development for the Exynos 2500, rather than the current Exynos 2400. The latter features an Xclipse 940 GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 3 architecture. Its successor will introduce the RDNA 4 graphics architecture, allowing for a significant performance boost to compete with other market solutions.
As a less relevant point, this SoC will be compatible with the fastest RAM on the market, LPDDR5T. While this is a positive attribute, it is not noteworthy since the already released Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 offers this compatibility. Similarly, the MediaTek Dimensity 9300, which will debut in the coming weeks, also supports this memory.
Samsung needs to stop relying on Qualcomm
The Samsung Exynos 2500 is crucial for the company as Qualcomm’s SoCs continue to increase in price. This means that their devices’ return on investment is significantly reduced. Using a Qualcomm SoC not only reduces profits but could also result in raising the price of their devices. A higher price will ultimately deter potential consumers from Samsung’s devices and push them towards more affordable alternatives from other brands.
That’s why an in-house manufactured SoC is essential for maintaining an attractive price while increasing profits. This also allows Samsung to design a SoC based on their specific needs, rather than adapting a “generic” product. Although it’s too early to discuss the Exynos 2500 in detail, all signs indicate that it will be Samsung’s last chance to counter the growing competition from Qualcomm and MediaTek, which will soon attack the Windows 11 laptop market with their own high-performance chips.
The news that Samsung’s Exynos 2500 will use an AMD GPU with RDNA 4 architecture was first reported by El Chapuzas Informático.