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Samsung's first gaming smartphone could use a homegrown graphics processor

Samsung set to design its own graphics processor by following on the footsteps of Apple and Qualcomm.

  • Published: October 23, 2018 12:44 PM IST
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Samsung could soon join the likes of Razer and Asus to launch a gaming-centric flagship smartphone. The Korean giant had already showcased the gaming prowess with its newest flagship, the Galaxy Note 9, in August but it could now go ahead and launch a smartphone aimed at gamers.

It was revealed yesterday that Samsung is actively working on its own gaming device and now, there are reports that the device will feature a custom GPU. According to tipster Ice Universe, Samsung’s first gaming smartphone could house a homegrown graphics processor. This new tip is in inline with a leak claiming that Samsung is working on a new GPU for use on its low-end smartphones, that appeared way back in June.

Samsung currently sells smartphones powered by either Snapdragon chipsets or its own Exynos SoCs. On the Snapdragon-powered devices, Samsung uses Qualcomm-designed Adreno graphics processors while on Exynos-powered unit, Samsung relies on ARM-designed Mali GPUs. By switching to its in-house designed GPUs for future models, Samsung could be following on the footsteps of Apple and Qualcomm, which design their own graphics processors, in addition to main processor.

While Samsung stands to benefit with its own GPU design, the tipster claims that it is looking at high-end solution that could be included in more powerful devices including company’s first gaming smartphone. There is very little information available about Samsung’s first gaming smartphone but few things could be predicted based on industry trend.

Samsung will follow the leads from Razer Phone 2 to pack 8GB of RAM and at least 128GB of internal storage. There will be a high-end processor powering the smartphone and if Samsung’s goes for its own GPU then it should be an Exynos SoC and not Qualcomm-based SoC. Samsung will also likely stick with carbon cooling system that it first introduced with the Galaxy Note 9 this year.

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Like its Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note series, Samsung‘s first gaming smartphone should feature an Infinity Display design and might have software tweaks to differentiate from other flagship devices. It needs to be seen how the device differs from Galaxy S10, the next flagship from Samsung likely to debut at MWC in February 2019.

  • Published Date: October 23, 2018 12:44 PM IST