Samsung debuts 1TB flash storage chips for mobile devices

Greg S

TS Evangelist

While Apple and Google are busy pushing cloud storage services for your mobile devices, Samsung has been developing the next generation of physical storage. After a number of people have questioned what Galaxy Note 9 users need 512GB of storage plus expandable storage via microSD cards, Samsung has now announced its fifth-generation V-NAND that arrives on 1TB eUFS chips.

Retaining the same package size as the previous generation 512GB chip, the new 11.5mm x 13mm chip is created from 16 layers of 512-gigabit V-NAND. A brand new custom flash memory controller brings out industry leading performance.

Four years ago, the first embedded Universal Flash Storage chips begun surfacing as 128GB module. Although they were relatively fast at the time, read and write speeds have more than doubled since then. Samsung is claiming sequential read speeds of up to 1,000 MB/s, or twice what a mediocre 2.5-inch SATA SSD will do. Sequential writes clock in at 260 MB/s. Random reads are 38 percent faster on the 1TB variant compared to the older 512GB chip.

In Samsung's marketing speak, random writes are "500 times faster than a high-performance microSD card." Although this is hardly a useful benchmark to compare to, the important thing to note is that fast random writing allows for shooting of video with higher frame rates. Continuous video at 960 frames per second will be much more practical with as much as 1TB of storage available.

According to Cheol Choi, VP of Memory Sales & Marketing, "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." As smartphones become even better, opportunities to replace tablets and traditional laptops is that much greater. Concepts of laptop shells powered from smartphones have been popping up sporadically over the past few years.

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p51d007

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My phone has 128 GB. My last phone has 64 GB and was less than 1/2 full.
How many selfies do people need on their phone? LOL
 

Dosahka

TS Addict
My phone has 128 GB. My last phone has 64 GB and was less than 1/2 full.
How many selfies do people need on their phone? LOL
To be honest there are ppl who wrokaholic and wants to sync the same stuff to their laptop/desktop/phone in order to edit/read them whenever and wherever they are.
And when you are starting to record videos in 4K 60, if it's not h.265 that will take like 1GB per minute (around 400-500MB in h.265 on an iPhone XS).
And some ppl can't get enough of the "perfect picture/video" so that are going to record many 1 min long video which takes like 400MB-1GB storage and a 64GB can fill up quickly even the 128GB.
 

TomSEA

TechSpot Chancellor
I'm an IT professional and it wasn't that long ago I remember chatting with a group of other IT professionals when the first mechanical 1TB drive came out and we were all looking at each other and asking, "Who the hell needs 1TB of storage??"

:p
 

VitalyT

Russ-Puss
With the 8K TV-s on the horizon it is logical to expect the new phones to start taking 8K pictures, and then some time later - even 8K videos. Those require huge local space on the phone.

...when the first mechanical 1TB drive came out and we were all looking at each other and asking, "Who the hell needs 1TB of storage??"
:p
I still remember back in 1994 I was playing DOOM-I on a 386 machine, thinking my 15MB HDD was plenty for everything :)
 
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So what's the next jump in capacity?
Usually we see it double but 2TB must surely be a way off.

I wonder if we'll see incremental increases something akin to the SanDisk 200GB/400GB cards.