Earlier today, Samsung and AMD have announced a partnership which might see Samsung using AMD’s recently announced RDNA graphics architecture in upcoming smartphones. In addition to the smartphones, RDNA will also power AMD’s upcoming Navi desktop GPUs.
This latest collaboration is a milestone for the chip manufacturer as for a long time AMD has been associated with desktop and laptop graphics. However, the company’s chips have been part of highly successful Xbox One as well as PS4 in the past. In the coming months, several highly anticipated products such as Google’s cloud gaming service Stadia will use AMD’s graphics technology. As a result, it’s not surprising to see that Samsung partnering with AMD to bring the AMD graphics in its smartphone.
Due to the recently announced partnership, it’s likely that Samsung will replace long standing Mali GPUS found in Samsung’s smartphones. If that’s the case, it’ll also mean AMD’s RDNA won’t be available for consumers in all regions as Samsung ships smartphones with different chips in different regions. However, it’ll be interesting to see if Samsung releases smartphones with RDNA later this year.