27 February 2019
Samsung has announced that it’s beginning the mass production of the industry’s first 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1. According to the South Korean company, this was the much-anticipated terabyte threshold in the smartphone storage segment that it has crossed just after four years after introducing the first UFS solution which is the 128GB eUFS.
Well, the announcement of this new component for the smartphones ahead of its flagship series launch does hint at the fact that it may get employed in its most top-end model. It’s usual that Samsung ends up announcing new components before its next flagship phone launch and this latest announcement doesn’t seem to be just the coincidence. Recently, it was speculated that Galaxy S10+ limited edition will have 1TB storage and now we are hearing this massive storage solution is being mass produced. So, this clearly gives concrete support to whatever we have heard about the Galaxy S10.
Coming back to the announcement, Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics said,
“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.”
The all-new 1TB eUFS solution doubles the capacity of the previous 512GB version by combining 16 stacked layers of Samsung’s most advanced 512GB V-NAND flash memory and a newly developed proprietary controller. Smartphone users will now be able to store 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD (3840x2160) format. Compared to this, the very trendy storage solution which is 64GB lets you store 13 videos of the same size.
Needless to say, the transfer speeds are also good. Samsung exemplifies that 5GB full HD videos can be offloaded to an NVMe SSD in as fast as five seconds. This is is 10 times the speed of a typical microSD card. Also, the random speeds allow for high-speed continuous shooting at 960 frames per second.
Samsung will first expand the fifth-gen 512GB V-NAND throughout the first half of 2019 so as to fully address the anticipated strong demand for the 1TB eUFS from mobile device manufacturers.