It’s a known thing at this point that the Mali GPU that Samsung uses in their in-house Exynos chips are kinda inferior to the Adreno GPU that Qualcomm uses in their Snapdragon processor. And it’s true to some extent. They differ in clock speed, architecture, bandwidth, number of cores, cache size, etc.
Both the GPU’s are great but developers prefer Adreno because it is much easier to develop games on and thus an upper hand on ARM’s Mali GPU. But that could change with this announcement. Samsung has decided to ditch the Mali GPU and will use AMD’s Radeon GPU technology come forward.
Samsung and AMD has signed a multi-year deal where AMD will develop advanced graphics technologies and solutions for Samsung’s Exynos chipsets. AMD will give the internal design of their GPU to Samsung and Samsung will take that and incorporate into their Exynos chipsets.
Samsung in return will have to pay royalties and licensing fees to AMD. That being said, this deal could really stir the whole market. AMD is known for its innovation. They have seen great success in PCs and gaming consoles. And this deal with Samsung means that Samsung flagships with Exynos chips will now run more intensive and demanding games and simulations without overheating or crippling battery life.
Honestly, this could finally flip the script on the Adreno GPU’s advantage. Fun fact, Adreno GPU was actually owned and developed by AMD but they sold it Qualcomm in 2009. So AMD’s entry into the smartphone scene means it’s more like a sibling rivalry since both are owned by AMD and this new state of things will not just be good Samsung but for all things digital as it will also push Qualcomm into making their chips even better.
BY the way, Samsung hasn’t mentioned any timeframe on when we might see Radeon graphics on their chipsets. The likelihood of this appearing on the Galaxy S11 is very low We guess, as a good degree of optimization will be required to customize AMD’s chips for smartphones. So it’s more likely for the year 2021. But we can’t really say that for sure! It’s possible that Samsung and AMD have been working together behind closed doors for a considerable amount of time now and they only announced it yesterday.
In that case, we might see this as soon as next year. Any case, exciting times are ahead and like I’ve said, this new state of things will be good for all things digital.