Rumour has it that folks over at Samsung are currently in talks with both Nvidia and AMD to license their GPU technologies to be used in Samsung’s own Exynos mobile processors. This rumour came from SamMobile and, according to the site, Samsung seems to be rather keen on including a significantly more powerful mobile GPU with its mobile processors – this, of course, will give Samsung a head start in advanced mobile graphics technologies over its rivals.
Samsung is currently using ARM’s Mali series of GPUs inside its Exynos processors. Prior rumours have been circulating regarding the company planning to develop its own in-house built GPUs since 2015; but it never made it to any Samsung products released during that year – and this year too.
By licensing GPU technologies from either Nvidia or AMD, Samsung would be able to, theoretically, lower the cost of production for its devices, which in turn would decrease the final retail price of the particular product itself or perhaps for the company to create a larger profit margin – either way, Samsung wins.
According to SamMobile, Nvidia seems to be the preferred choice for Samsung due to the company’s powerful Pascal GPU architectures. That said, one shouldn’t discount the possibilities of Samsung opting for AMD’s Polaris architecture as well, especially considering how Polaris GPUs were used inside the recently announced PlayStation Pro.
Despite this, we advice our readers to take this one with with a grain of salt. Even if this rumour were to be true, it would probably take a couple of years for Samsung and its GPU partner to be done with the R&D process in developing a new mobile GPU – to make sure that nothing unexpected happens, of course.