Samsung says it has delayed the official launch of its flagship Exynos 2200 system on a chip, and it will now be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S22 series at its Unpacked event next month. We still don’t have confirmation, but we expect the Exynos 2200 to be the mainstay of the international S22 model.
“We plan to unveil the new application processor when we launch a new Samsung smartphone. There is no problem with the production and performance of the AP,” a Samsung spokesperson was quoted as saying in response to earlier reports of delays by Business Korea.
Delayed Chip or Canceled Chip?
Samsung was supposed to reveal the Exynos 2200 system on a chip earlier this week. However, that incident never happened and the announcement tweet was quietly deleted by the official Samsung Semiconductor (@SamsungDSGlobal) Twitter account. With the Exynos 2200 being a no-show, rumors swirled that it has been delayed, or possibly nixed. With the global semiconductor shortage still in place, it was difficult to completely dismiss the cancellation rumor. Some analysts claimed that the Galaxy S22 portfolio will only come with Qualcomm chips inside, with no Exynos variants on the table.
There was also talk that Samsung has decided to separate the Exynos 2200 from its Galaxy S22 plan and fit it with other phones. This means that it will only offer the Galaxy S8 trims powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 22 Gen 1 chip in all regions. For those unaware, Samsung has traditionally sold its flagship phones in both Qualcomm and Exynos flavors, with strict market demarcations.
the stakes are higher than ever
However, not everyone is happy with the Exynos model, and that is true. Over the years, customers have reported slow performance and heating issues with units powered by Samsung’s in-house chip. In fact, Google’s Tensor processor inside the Pixel 6 series – which was built with Samsung’s help and is very similar to the Exynos 2100 – was found to be prone to the same vulnerabilities as Samsung’s processors in a detailed performance analysis by AnandTech.
But it appears that Samsung may also address the Exynos 2100’s performance woes. “The new GPU is expected to solve the problems of the Exynos 2100,” a Samsung spokesperson said. The Exynos 2200 is highly anticipated, especially as it is equipped with an AMD GPU based on the RDNA2 architecture. The boost to graphics prowess could eventually push the Exynos 2200 into the same league as Qualcomm’s Adreno-backed Snapdragon processor and Apple’s Bionic A-series silicon.