20 March 2020
As UFS 3.0 storage standard has started to make its way to mainstream smartphones, Samsung has already started to work on the future generation. An official blog post from Samsung Newsroom has revealed that Samsung Electronics has started mass producing 512GB eUFS 3.1 storage chips (aka UFS 3.1) for smartphones.
The new standard is claimed to three times as fast as 512GB UFS 3.0 storage in terms of writing speed. It has surpassed the 1Gbps threshold mark that makes it insanely fast. In comparison to a SATA-based PC and UHS-I microSD card, this speed is twice and ten times faster respectively.
Cheol Choi, Executive VP of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics said,
"With our introduction of the fastest mobile storage, smartphone users will no longer have to worry about the bottleneck they face with conventional storage cards. The new eUFS 3.1 reflects our continuing commitment to supporting the rapidly increasing demands from global smartphone makers this year.”
With the introduction of 8K video recording on smartphones through Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 865 chipset and high image file size due to larger megapixel counts, Samsung is hoping that UFS 3.1 storage will solve issues related to file transfer waiting times. It says that the new standard offers 100,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 70,000 IOPS for read and write respectively.
The team is currently working on 512GB UFS 3.1 storage but Samsung will also release 128GB and 256GB storage variants. It has said all these variants will be made available for "flagship smartphones that will be launched later this year". It means it should not be surprising if we see Galaxy Note 20 marking the commercial debut of the new standard.