Rumor: Samsung will release Windows laptop with Exynos soc and AMD GPU this year

Samsung is rumored to be working on a Windows laptop with its own Arm soc. This Exynos chip would include an AMD GPU. The Arm laptop should be released in the second half of this year.

The laptop chip would be released as the Samsung Exynos 2200, ZDNet Korea reports based on anonymous sources. The laptop would come with the Arm version of Windows 10. Samsung has not officially announced the laptop yet, but ZDNet claims to rely on information from ‘major suppliers and partners’ of the South Korean company. The chip would be placed in a ‘thin laptop’, which shows similarities with the Galaxy Book S that the company released last year.

No concrete specifications about the ‘Exynos PC’ chip are known yet, but ZDNet does report that the soc should be ready in the third quarter of 2021. In addition, the medium states that the chip will be equipped with a GPU from AMD. Such a partnership between Samsung and AMD would come as no surprise. Samsung already reported in 2019 that it is working with AMD on economical GPUs for smartphones. The company released an update on that partnership earlier this year, in which Samsung confirmed that the next ‘flagship’ Exynos soc will get an RDNA GPU from AMD.

Samsung has previously released Windows 10 laptops with Arm socs, although the company has always used Qualcomm Snapdragon chips in such notebooks until now. Earlier it was rumored that Samsung would be working on a new laptop with an unannounced Snapdragon soc, which should be released in three months.

Samsung would not be the first company to work on its own Arm socs. Apple announced last year that it would move to proprietary Arm chips for its MacBooks and other Mac computers. The tech giant released its first products with the Apple M1 soc later that year. At release, the MacBooks with the new chip were found to outperform their predecessors with Intel CPUs.

Other tech companies also seem to be working on their own Armsocs. For example, Microsoft is rumored to be working on such chips for its Azure servers, although the company would also explore the possibilities for its own chips in Surface devices. Microsoft responded to that rumor by stating that the company “continues to invest in its own capabilities in areas such as” [chip]design and manufacturing,” while Microsoft would also continue to foster and strengthen partnerships with “a large number of chip suppliers.”

The Samsung Galaxy Book S, what the upcoming Exynos laptop would somewhat resemble