Samsung is a company that is notorious for wanting to manufacture everything under the sun. That statement remains true as we get news that the Korean OEM is looking to enter the laptop chip market. According to Korean Economic Daily, Samsung is in the works of making an SoC that can be put into laptops.
The processor might be called the Exynos 2200 SoC, and it could power laptops and phones
The CPU business is in a weird place- companies like Intel are facing the onset of ARM-based chips being put into laptops/desktops. Apple’s M1 chip is powering its Macbooks and iPads. Now, with Samsung jumping on that bandwagon, another major player is looking to step on Intel’s toes.
According to SamMobile, this new SoC is probably going to be called the Exynos 2200. We don’t know an exact date this chip will launch, but Samsung stated that it will launch the chip in the second half of 2021. We also don’t know what this chip will be packing, but we know that it will be based on a 5nm process.
Since the Exynos 2200 will be launched during the second half of the year, we can probably expect (and hope) that this chip will be powering the Galaxy Z Flip 3 when it launches. However, before that, we can expect Samsung to launch a laptop to showcase this chip’s capabilities.
As for the graphics, Samsung stated that it will be partnering with AMD for the GPU. AMD hasn’t said exactly what they plan on doing to push the envelope with the graphics.
There are pros and cons to powering a laptop with an SoC
There are pros to powering a computer with an SoC. Firstly, SoCs are smaller and more efficient. This means that they won’t produce as much heat, eliminating the need to put fans in the machines. The smaller chip could also increase battery life, drawing less energy.
There’s also the chance that we could see a reduction in prices. Since the chips are smaller and require less material to manufacture, the device could cost just a bit less.
The main con to powering a laptop with an SoC is the lack of power. Mobile chips are much closer to powering computers than they were years ago- imagine trying to power a computer with a mobile chip from ten years ago! Regardless, mobile chips are still short of offering the kind of power that users really need.
Samsung laptops, like their Galaxy Books, are meant to be for the power-hungry businessman. Hopefully, the company can produce a chip that will bring more power to the table.