What you need to know
- Samsung will reportedly make an Exynos processor designed for laptops.
- A laptop with the chip inside is said to be on the way for the second half of 2021.
- The laptop will use a GPU based on AMD's RDNA architecture, according to sources.
Samsung already has some solid Windows 10 on ARM laptops, such as the Galaxy Book S. It appears that the company is doubling down on its efforts and will make its own Exynos processor built for laptops. A laptop with the processor inside is on the way for the second half of this year, according to sources that spoke with the Korea Economic Daily (KED).
Reports of a Samsung-made Exynos chip inside a laptop first emerged in February this year. The details leaked back then line up with the information told to the KED.
"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," a source told the KED. The new Exynos chip will reportedly work with a GPU jointly developed by AMD.
Samsung unveiled the Exynos 2100 processor ahead of Samsung Unpacked 2021. That chip is also built on a 5nm EUV processor. The KED did not mention a name for Samsung's upcoming Exynos chip for laptops, but it could be the successor to the Exynos 2100.
Generally, Exynos problems run hot. Having an Exynos processor inside a laptop could be a perfect pairing, as laptops usually dissipate heat better than compact smartphones. Pairing an Exynos processor with an AMD GPU would also help overcome the gap seen on the GPU side of things for Samsung's processors.
Samsung's previous Windows 10 on ARM devices, the Galaxy Book S and Galaxy Book2 both run on Qualcomm processors.
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Given that Exynos CPUs generally have shorter battery life than Snapdragon CPUs on Android phones, it would be interesting to see if this is also the case with Windows 10 PCs. In any case, more competition and that's good.
Yeah, I'm especially interested to see how it benchmarks in performance and battery compared to Qualcomm powered PCs. I had both a Snapdragon and Exynos powered Galaxy S4 when I was working abroad and Exynos lagged FAR behind in battery life. It was one of the reasons they were made of plastic, because if you had an Exynos powered phone you would swap batteries throughout the day. It was common to see Koreans walking around with 2-3 spare batteries in little cases.
That's a very old comparison, however. The new Exynos 2100 (vs SD 888) is much closer, often with Exynos beating SD at battery life (mostly due to 888 having overall better performance). The two are much closer than they ever have, though QC still edges out likely due to just being better at this stuff.
Waiting for a good 14" laptop with ARM inside
Really excited, Qualcomm hasn't been doing a great job, having something that isn't last gen technology is already doing a better job. The AMD part is in particular very exciting, yearlier leaks positioned the GPU on the phone version way above everything else on the phone market.
What I WANT to see is Exynos Chromebooks and ChromeOS tablets.
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