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New Samsung GPU brings raytracing to phones – here's why that matters

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The popularization of raytracing has led to one of the biggest leaps in graphics quality in recent memory, but so far the technology has only graced PC and console rigs. Now Samsung is preparing to bring raytracing to phones with the announ
The latest tech news Your sardonic source for consumer tech stories Human-centric AI news and analysis Driving the future of sustainable mobility No-nonsense stories about startup growth Inside money, markets, and Big Tech The hottest new jobs in tech Help build the bank of the future Coding for Public Service The popularization of raytracing has led to one of the biggest leaps in graphics quality in recent memory, but so far the technology has only graced PC and console rigs. Now Samsung is preparing to bring raytracing to phones with the announcement of the Exynos 2200 processor, with a new ‘Xclispse’ GPU powered by AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. The partnership between Samsung and AMD was first announced in June of last year, and the Exynos 2200 was actually supposed to launch last week before Samsung ghosted everyone. It’s here now though, and it spells an interesting future for gaming on smartphones — while helping Samsung differentiate its hardware from Qualcomm’s ever-popular Android chips. For those not in the know, RDNA 2 is AMD’s current flagship graphics architecture — the same tech powering the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5.

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