Samsung's first gaming phone could ship with a custom GPU

Samsung's first gaming phone could ship with a custom GPU
The Samsung Galaxy S9

In light of the recent gaming phone trend that commenced just under a year ago with the release of the original Razer Phone, it was revealed yesterday that Samsung was actively developing its own gaming device. And according to tipster Ice Universe, it could potentially use a homegrown GPU.

Way back in June, it was revealed that Samsung was working on a new GPU for use in its low-end smartphones, presumably in the hope of cutting costs in the long run. Following the success that Apple has seen with its own GPU’s however, it seems the South Korean giant may also be looking at high-end solutions that could be included in more powerful devices such as its first gaming phone.

At the moment, very little information about Samsung’s gaming device is known. However, going by the segment’s recent trends and the characteristics of newer Galaxy devices, a high-end processor alongside 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is extremely likely. This should be coupled with a tall Infinity Display and potentially some impressive rear cameras. Also, much like the Galaxy Note 9, a Water Carbon Cooling System will likely be integrated.

If something does indeed have a high-end GPU up its sleeves, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the company implement it into flagship smartphones eventually too. With the Galaxy S10, however, this seems unlikely to happen. After all, the company is instead expected to use the Mali-G76 GPU.

source: Ice Universe (translated) via SamMobile

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18 Comments

1. monkeyb

Posts: 409; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

The biggest differentiator is going to be their custom GPU. How much difference will it be compared to the S10 or Note10 at the time of release. How many game developers are going to release games that use 8gb ram with the new GPU. Samsung needs to show everyone why their gaming phone is superior than others.

7. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I agree

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Another featured phone. Why not make an all in one phone that caters everything.

3. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Market needs segmented products..

5. DolmioMan

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

There’s segmented products and there’s what the hell Samsung is doing.

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Samsung is doing just that. They are making a separate VR/AR/MR headset that will support Gear VR (Oculus), Daydream VR, and ARCore, with dual hand controllers, and 6 DoF. Now this gaming mobile smartphone. Just like the ROG, Razer, and now a few others are starting up as well.

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Yes. A supped up Note!

6. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Last I checked...A10, A11, A12, and now A12X are beyond gaming chips. A12 is the fastest on the market..

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Fastest at doing what? Holding o ly 15 apps in ram before they refresh? Fast at taking oversaturated pics fans claim they didn't like when Samsung was doing it. Faster at pushing a 720p display. Faster at using slower modems. Yes I love how it opens apps so fast. Never mind that even though low light pics have improved, urs still not the best. No features to actually use the power like floating windows, true splitscreen multitasking, faster modems, more BT capabilities beyond just audio.

11. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Yes, the a12 is usually under less load compared to soc's on android

15. iAndroid18

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Fastest for benchmarks! :) I do agree that A series chips are very much capable than others but it's subjective how to harness all that power. In Android, we do have throttling at some point so even the fastest won't be able to sustain the performance very long. Apple makes the best custom chips but till the time their platform runs optimised and well, I see no point bragging about benchmark scores for it's capabilities. They should be used rather than showcased uselessly.

10. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

All available soc's are beyond gaming capable. Unnecessary to say one is the fastest when another comes out faster.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

In GPU A12 (2018 Q3)>845 (2018 Q1)>835 (2017 Q1)>A11 (2017 Q3)>820 (2016 Q1)>A10 (2016 Q3) Although there's an agruement that the 845's GPU is better since it doesn't throttle so quickly like the A12's

13. magnaroader

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

What's the point of all these gaming phones if we don't have any actual premium games on android/ios?

14. iAndroid18

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Just pure bragging rights and gimmicks! Why does one need a gaming phone is my question? PCs, consoles, etc. are much better than phones. Smartphones with too much crammed in and expectation to perform on par with a gaming rig? Still not sure why does a gaming phone should exist? Even if it does, what's the use of games on such a small screen?

16. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Absolutely, The only gaming phone I think worth the name is xperia play. It has everything (from controller to exclusive consoles type games) what gamers needed at the time.

17. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Samsung's first gaming phone could ship with a custom GPU ( hahahahahaha....) Samsung Could do this ( 2014) Samsung Could do that( 2015) Samsung could do the other ( 2016). The result One big bulls**t from Samsung. And the sponsored trolls who are supporting in blogs the non existing phones for a free Smartphone from Samsung( Samsung Galaxy S9). The phones that Samsung couldn't to sell, he gives them for free

18. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

All my friends, Who like to play games , in a decent Phone they have went and pre order, The Huawei Mate 20 X 7,2 Display, 128/6 GB storage. 5000 mAh Battery. Get Lost Samsung, with your cheap sales propaganda.

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