Samsung has not yet lifted its ban on publishing full reviews of Galaxy S22 smartphones, but this has not stopped some reviewers from testing samples of devices. One of them compared the performance of the Galaxy S22 Ultra versions with Qualcomm and Samsung chips, and this comparison was not in favor of the model on the proprietary chip.
Keep in mind that the Galaxy S22 will be available with both Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Samsung Exynos 2200 depending on the sales region. Although no significant differences are to be expected in terms of CPU performance, the Xclipse 920 GPU in the Exynos 2200 has high hopes. This GPU, developed through the joint efforts of AMD and Samsung, is based on the RDNA 2 architecture. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 traditionally uses Adreno proprietary graphics – this time Adreno 730.
The enthusiast tested the Galaxy S22 Ultra versions based on Qualcomm and Samsung chipsets in the graphics benchmarks 3DMark Wild Life, Wild Life Extreme and GFXBench. According to the results, the Exynos 2200 outperforms last year’s Exynos 2100 with Arm Mali G78 graphics by just 7% in 3DMark Wild Life, while losing an impressive 30% compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In other tests, the situation was similar – the model on Exynos 2200 lagged far behind.
It’s worth noting that individual test runs may not show the full picture, since mobile graphics performance is heavily dependent on the heat dissipation capabilities of the tested devices. It is reported that Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 performance may noticeably decrease after multiple runs due to lower frequencies caused by excessive chip heat.
It is understood that before the official sales launch, the Galaxy S22 may still receive software updates that boost the performance of the Xclipse 920 as part of the Exynos 2200.