Samsung is developing its own GPUs for low-end smartphones

Samsung is developing its own GPUs for low-end smartphones
Despite Samsung’s heavy reliance on Snapdragon processors in the US, the majority of the South Korean giant’s international smartphones actually ship with the company’s own Exynos chips inside, the Galaxy S9 series being just one example of this. If a new job listing is anything to go by, however, it appears Samsung wants to take this one step further by also developing its own GPUs.

Specifically, the company is hoping to develop a new range of graphics processing units that will initially be used for its low-end smartphones, possibly in a bid to cut costs. However, as the brand evolves its technologies, its own GPUs are expected to make their way into various other products such as self-driving vehicles and possibly IoT offerings. Additionally, though, if the GPUs prove popular enough, Samsung could eventually introduce them into its flagship smartphones, something that would only help increase profit margins even further.

The job listing in question fails to reveal any specific timeline for the development of the new GPUs but, considering the brand is hoping to embrace upcoming technologies, Samsung could publicly reveal its first offerings within the next two to three years in time for the mainstream debut of future technologies.

Moving forward, for the time being, Samsung is expected to continue using ARM’s Mali line of GPUs in its smartphones. However, once the company beings making use of its own offerings, the brand would be better positioned against both Apple and Huawei, the latter of which also relies on ARM’s products.



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Might as well make one for the flagship Exynos too! Mali GPUs are just no match for Adreno GPUs in terms of raw performance. Not that it matter to this old man; not one bit; all I run is Angry Birds 2. But its a deal breaker for gamers who like to run bloody emulators on their poor phones! Oh well, G'Day!

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I agree, I don't like the rendering performance of my S9+ when I play heavy games (already tried setting it to 1080P to not stress the GPU out, but it'll make everything look nasty pixelated instead), my 6S Plus which is 3 years older oddly performs better, am just using my S9+ for multimedia now but not anymore for heavy 3D games.

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 793; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I'm curious. What games are taxing the performance of the GPU in an Exynos S9+ right now?

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I haven't experienced a single one that is taxing on my Exynos Galaxy S9, so i have no idea what legilloca is talking about. They all run smooth as butter, but that isn't exactly surprising, as developers want to make sure that as many smartphones can run their games as possible, so that they increase their potential client base.

6. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 793; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's what I was thinking. Anyone can feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know, developers never make games that max out the capabilities of current gen or even the previous gen's processors. To do so would severely limit who could play those games. It wouldn't make any sense. That's why I was curious about what games he was referring to.

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Oh yes that, optimization is key, and yeah probably iOS is easier to optimize than Android. I for example am a heavy Mobile Legends player and when everything in the screen gets intense, I instantly notice the frame drops to about 35 fps, and that isn't even when the phone is warmed up to the point it feels like 40+ degrees yet in just 1 game. My iPhone on the other hand don't experienced the same issue, run 60fps flawlessly except when it heats up north 40+ degrees after playing about 5-6 games straight. So yeah, probably a mix of both raw performance and optimization in general.

8. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 793; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Optimization definitely plays a significant part in things. That's understandable.

4. Trex95

Posts: 2384; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

If you want to play heavy 3D games better to download from Samsung store optimized especially for there GPU there’s a few nice games pubg one othe those games.

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