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Samsung Galaxy S8 to offer most powerful smartphone gaming ever?

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 could offer some serious graphical heft, if a new report is to be believed.

A new leak suggests that Samsung is considering using ARM’s new Mali-G71 GPU, which would offer a significant performance boost compared to the Galaxy S7. According to Sammobile, this GPU will be built into the Exynos 8895 system-on-a-chip that’s reportedly going to power Samsung’s next flagship smartphone. However, bear in mind that while Sammobile leaks are generally very reliable, it's still early days and we can't verify the information – so take this report with due caution.

The Mali-G71 is ARM’s top-end mobile GPU, and is built on the company’s new Bifrost architecture. It’s a 16nm chip clocked at 850MHz and, according to ARM, offers a 40% performance improvement while being 20% more efficient than the Mali-T880 – that’s the Galaxy S7’s GPU.

Here’s what ARM says about its latest GPU:

“The Mali family enables stunning visuals for UHD content and the superior power and scalability of the Mali-G71 makes it the perfect GPU for next generation, high-end use cases like premium gaming and mobile VR.”

It’s also worth noting that the Mali-G71 was developed to meet the needs of Vulkan, which is the powerful, cross-platform API built by Khronos. Samsung already added support for Vulkan in the Galaxy S7, so it’d be surprising if the same wasn’t true for the Galaxy S8.

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8 at a dedicated launch event in the first quarter of 2017. We’ll likely see the reveal coincide with Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress technology tradeshow, although the actual release date may not fall until April. That said, recent reports have suggested that Samsung will try to bring the release of the Galaxy S8 forward, to recoup some of the losses generated by its recent Galaxy Note 7 recall.

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