Next year's flagships may use Samsung's new 512GB internal flash storage

Ivan Schwartz
December 6, 2017

Samsung's also announced that it "intends to steadily increase an aggressive production volume for its 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips, in addition to expanding its 256Gb V-NAND production". In order to make the old storage compatible with the mid range devices, Samsung is going to continue producing 48 layer chips.

"The new Samsung 512GB eUFS provides the best embedded storage solution for next-generation premium smartphones by overcoming potential limitations in system performance that can occur with the use of microSD cards".

"The new Samsung 512GB eUFS provides the best embedded storage solution for next-generation premium smartphones", said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. However, that barrier has now been broken as Samsung today has officially announced its new 512GB embedded UFS solution. Despite offering twice the storage, it's still the same size as the 48-layer V-NAND-based 256GB eUFS Samsung launched in February previous year.

Store approximately 130 4K Ultra HD (3840 × 2160) video clips of a 10-minute duration (10x increase over 64GB eUFS storage).

Samsung begins mass production of first 512 GB eUFS storage solution for mobile devices

In one of the most interesting developments, Samsung has reportedly kicked off the mass production of 512GB eUFS storage modules for mobile phones.

Samsung says the read and write speeds have also improved. To put that in a real-life scenario, a user would be able to transfer a 5GB 1080p full HD video clip in around 6 seconds. That's eight times faster than a typical microSD card. While the company's press release does not specifically mention which version of the UFS interface had been implemented, Samsung did state that the storage package could attain "sequential read and writes reaching up to 860 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 255MB/s respectively" putting it very much in the ballpark of UFS 2.0.

It's possible Samsung includes these new chips in its next-gen smartphones, including the still-unannounced Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9, both expected to launch sometime next year.

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