What you need to know
- Samsung will reportedly release a laptop later this year with an Exynos processor and an AMD GPU.
- The laptop will reportedly run Windows 10 and arrive in the second half of this year.
- Samsung has multiple Windows 10 laptops running Intel or Qualcomm processors, but none running Exynos processors.
Samsung will reportedly launch a Windows 10 laptop running on an Exynos processor and an AMD GPU. A report from ZDNet Korea says that Samsung will release a laptop in the second half of this year that runs on an Exynos processor and an AMD GPU (via Engadget). The rumored laptop will reportedly come out after the release of the next Galaxy Note.
A laptop from Samsung with an Exynos processor inside would be a different approach to Windows 10 on ARM. Samsung's Galaxy Book S and Galaxy Book2 are both Windows 10 on ARM devices, but they each have Qualcomm processors inside.
Samsung unveiled the Exynos 2100 premium mobile processor at Unpacked 2021. That chip is built on a 5nm EUV process and has impressive benchmarks. With the rumored release date of this laptop being the second half of this year, it could house the successor to the Exynos 2100 inside.
Exynos processors often have a problem with heat. They also tend to lag behind on the GPU side of things. Having an Exynos processor inside of a laptop, which would likely dissipate heat better than a smartphone, could overcome a common issue of Exynos chips. Pairing the chip with an AMD processor could address the chips' other biggest weakness.
Windows 10 on ARM is a few years old now, and it's gotten significantly better since its launch. More Windows 10 apps support ARM devices than ever, and Microsoft is even working on x64 emulation to close the gap further. Microsoft also continues to sell its Surface Pro X, which is a Windows 10 on ARM device.
If Samsung does release a laptop with an Exynos processor, it will show a continued investment in the Windows 10 on ARM platform.