Samsung have started to mass produce an industry first one terabyte storage chip for its upcoming devices.
The embedded Universal Flash Storage technology will offer 20 times more storage than a typical 64GB internal memory card and 10 times the speed of a standard microSD card. It gives the users the ability to store 260 10-minute videos in 4k. By comparison to the 64GB eUFS found in many high-end smartphones, they’re only capable of storing 13 videos of the same size.
It’s a groundbreaking achievement which will give users enough storage without having to use additional memory cards. The storage capacity is similar to that found in notebook PCs currently on the market, and will be a particular benefit if you record HD videos frequently or take tons of photos.
It’s unclear when how soon in the future these chips will be installed into Samsung smartphones, but as reported by ZDNet, it’s likely that the upcoming Galaxy S10 will have the largest internal storage for a smartphone yet. It could also be featured in the flagship phones of other manufacturers too.
The world’s largest memory chip maker was the first company to introduce 512GB internal memory chips for its devices last year, including the Samsung Note 9. Their latest chip gets them over-the-line they’ve been trying to cross since 2015, when they created the first eUFS chip four years ago which had 128GB storage.
Speaking about the new terabyte of embedded memory, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing, Cheol Choi said this was an important move for the South Korean electronics company:
The 1TB eUFS is expected to play a critical role in bringing a more notebook-like user experience to the next generation of mobile devices.
What’s more, Samsung is committed to assuring the most reliable supply chain and adequate production quantities to support the timely launches of upcoming flagship smartphones in accelerating growth of the global mobile market.
1TB internal storage is a game changer and it will be interesting to see what other smartphone companies will start using the Samsung chips, when they inevitably start using the technology this year.
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Matt Weston is a lover of electric cars, artificial intelligence and space. From Cornwall, he’s a UCLan graduate that still dreams of being a Formula One driver in the very near future. Previously work includes reporting for regional newspapers and freelance video for the International Business Times.