Upcoming 5 nm Samsung Exynos SoC with AMD iGPU will compete against Apple's M1 by being "good for both laptops and smartphones"
We reported about a potential Samsung Exynos 2200 SoC a while back, detailing how the processor would utilize AMD’s knowhow to produce a high-end iGPU part. While there were existing rumors that the SoC could be announced alongside a laptop, this now seems to be certain, at least according to a report from The Korea Economic Daily. Apparently, sources have stated that the Samsung/AMD mobile SoC will appear in the second half of 2021, and it is likely the Apple M1 chip will be its main performance rival.
Like the Apple M1, the upcoming Samsung silicon, which is likely to receive an Exynos-related branding, should offer improvements in terms of conserving battery life and general processing performance. The Apple Silicon has constantly impressed in synthetic benchmarks, especially in single-thread/core testing, and it may be the paradigm that Samsung and AMD have aimed for with the future Exynos laptop/mobile processor. This seems to be confirmed in the report:
The new Exynos will offer improved functions, including extraordinary computing power and battery efficiency, by utilizing a 5-nanometer processing technology. It’s good for both laptops and smartphones.
Apple has used the M1 chip, which takes advantage of the ARMv8.5-A instruction set, in both laptop and desktop devices. Samsung will likely seek the same kind of flexibility with this Exynos mobile processor and hope that having an AMD-designed iGPU will add some extra star power. It could end up being a race to launch for the South Korean OEM though, as there are plenty of rumors flying around that Apple is preparing to unleash the M1X (M1 extension) chip onto the world within the next few months. Regardless, with both Samsung and Apple also getting ready to embrace the recently released ARMv9 architecture, the future looks promising for consumers shopping for the best mobile processor-based products.