Samsung waits for no one, introduces 8Gb LPDDR4 chips for smartphones with 4GB RAM

Daniel Bader

December 30, 2013 1:50pm

Korean giant, Samsung, announced today the introduction of 8Gb (gigabits) LPDDR4 mobile RAM for smartphones and tablets. Not only is this the first mention of LPDDR4 (“LP” stands for “low power”) meant for mobile devices, but Samsung is promising to combine four of the chips on a single die for the eventual total of 4GB (gigabytes).

While this number butts up against the theoretical addressable limit of current 32-bit chips, the company is expected to introduce a 64-bit Exynos chip early next year, with Qualcomm following suit in the months beyond. The DDR4 chips also improve data transfer speeds to 3200Mbps, a third faster than Samsung’s LPDDR3 chips found in the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, with 40% lower energy expenditure at 1.1V.

The chips are sampling in early 2014, and may come to market in time for the Galaxy S5, though it’s more likely to be adopted for the larger, faster Galaxy Note 4 later in the year.

  • MobileRoamer

    And this is why Samsung dominates the mobile industry. They do all the REAL innovating to produce all the hardware that all the other OEM’s want and need. Without Samsung this mobile industry would be still sitting with outdated 3.5 inch LCD screens with massive bezels and with less that a Gig for RAM. Thank you Samsung for making the most expensive mobile display technology (AMOLED) affordable to the everyday person. Thank you for steering this industry in the direction that caters to more choices for the consumer rather than just the bottom line alone. Keep pushing the limits because we know that other company won’t bother. That other company is perfectly happy sitting on it’s mountain of cash while it’s blind followers are none the wiser.

    • Omis

      Oh please I like Samsung products as the next person but this is not innovating. This is just is just a page out the Gillette playbook. How are we going to top the 5 blade fusion? I got it!!!! 6 blades.

      They have to keep upping the hardware because they have nothing else. They are just waiting for Apple to come up with something new so they can copy it.

      And even before you accuse me of being an Apple fanboy. This is being sent on my Galaxy S4.

    • MobileRoamer

      Yeah, nothing innovative about making hardware smaller and faster. Absolutely none whatsoever. We all know the word innovation is left for things like a rectangle with rounded corners. Yup. Innovative stuff.

      And I would never accuse someone of being an Apple fanboy after saying something like:
      “They are just waiting for Apple to come up with something new so they can copy it.”

      Hahaaa, how could I ever accuse someone that says things like that when they’ve done all the work for me. lol

    • David Etienne

      Is it smaller though? They add half an inch to their devices’ footprint every year…

    • Ralph Malph

      Are you serious? You’re the perfect example of what’s wrong with consumers today. Absolutely no knowledge of the facts. And there’s absolutely no excuse for today’s consumer not to educate themselves when google is a fingertip away. Ridiculous.

      GS3: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, Weight 133g
      GS4: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm, Weight: 130g

      Note 2: 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm, Weight: 180g
      Note 3: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm, Weght: 168g

      Please show me how the devices’ footprint has increased by half an inch.

    • WalkinOnBottles

      lmao @ all these fanboys being ridiculously hurt.

      I think what’s wrong with consumers isn’t false statements over the internet, but people such as yourself who take personal offense to statements made about their precious company.

      Take a chill pill, relax, and enjoy the year. Jeez.

    • MobileRoamer

      LOL you sound a little bitter that reality just got laid out before your eyes. Maybe you need to take that pill yourself. Btw, this is the comment section of the article. You know, where people discuss and respond?

    • DrunkeyMonkey

      lol watch Mobile Roamer suck Samungs dick. Relax man.

    • MobileRoamer

      Buddy, it’s just a phone. Relax, No need to get so butthurt over the truth. Nobody is saying your iPhone sucks. I know when the smart people start laying out the facts, it inadvertently exposes Apple for the pathetic company that it is. The only thing more pathetic is it’s blind followers like yourself that get so upset about it. But really, don’t be so upset, your outdated little toy will still stay safe in your pocket. Oh dear, what would Apple do without such ignorant consumers? LOL.

    • David Etienne

      Did you forget that the GS3 and Note 2 were not the first Galaxy devices?
      GS: 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm
      GS2: 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm

      Note: 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm

      Sorry that “half an inch” wasn’t accurate to the micron.

    • MobileRoamer

      Really?!?! A half an inch added to their devices’ footprint?!?! Samsung’s phones have gotten lighter and slightly smaller from last year to this year. All the while increasing the size of the screen. Daaang! You’ve been stuck in a cave? You should be applauding their efforts and wish all manufactures can accomplish such a feat.

    • David Etienne

      Try to get a grip. I was just pointing out that it’s easier to lay down more hardware laterally when the screen (i.e. device) gets wider and taller. I just think it’s interesting that the trend of larger devices (in hand) is a complete opposite of what you saw with the trend of decreasing size of pre-2005 cell phones. If you want to increase the size of the screen, you will need to increase the minimum size of the device as well.

    • Guest

      The fact that you just attempted to argue that apple comes up with anything or that Samsung copies anyone and isn’t one of the most innovative tech companies out there (Google coming in first in my opinion) really disproves you being anything more than an Apple fanboy.

    • Omis

      Sorry to disappoint but the only Apple product I own is an ipod. Like I said I own an S4. But even I can see Samsung owes alot to Apples R&D team. Motorolla, Nokia, Blackberry, and Apple all brought design innovation that companies try to emulate. Samsung has brought nothong to the table.

    • Ralph Malph

      Oh my, just when you think you read the dumbest comment on any article, this whopper of a Gem comes along. LMAO!

    • Omis

      I can show you samsungs version of the flip phone. I can show you samsungs version of the bar phone. I can show you samsungs version of qwerty keyboard phone. I can show you samsungs version of the touch screen phone. Show me one phone that is trying to emulate a samsung innovation.

    • Jonathan Schmitt

      Hi has a point though. Look at Samsung as a whole. They bring out new features in almost every industry they have. When the S4 came out, it had a wide array of new features that no other phone had, or did it as well as Samsung.

      Innovation is a way over used term.

      Samsung is a chip company, a LOT of current companies rely on Samsung manufacturing, so in a way they did move the technology world a step ahead.

      Accusing Samsung of copying Apple is ridiculous, no matter a verdict in other countries. What old OS looks identical to iOS and Android? Exactly.

      This IS another step up, no matter how your views are bent.

    • hyperhyper

      Agree with you 100% but people, especially fanboys, have selective memories and their egos cannot take being wrong. Something about being insecure and being dropped on their heads once too often while they were children.

    • Omis

      I dont need a judges ruling to see Samsung copied the iphone. You’d have to be blind or insane to not see that. Before the iphone came out samsung was making their blackberry knock offs, before that they were making their motorolla flip phone knock offs, and before that they were making their nokia bar phone knock offs. They see a trend and hop on the bandwagon. Upping the hardware specs isnt innovative. They do that because they have no idea what to do next. The new features of the S4 are so mind blowing awesome that people are going out of their way to root and get rid of. I know I dont use any of them.

    • Anaron

      And Apple didn’t copy another company? Microsoft too? The truth is, companies copy each other all the time. It’s not something only Samsung is guilty of. With that said, Samsung’s smartphones are quite different than Apple’s. The Galaxy S4 packs some nice hardware but what holds it back, in my opinion, is the software. I really don’t like TouchWiz and other front-end software interfaces for Android (e.g. HTC’s Sense).

      The Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4 is a great device. It runs stock Android and gets updates directly from Google. The only downside is the availability. I don’t think you can buy it outside of the US.

    • Jonathan Schmitt

      Well I can definitely agree that we will not see eye to eye.

      By your standards, Apple copied HP, PALM and any Windows Mobile device before it – Which pretty much voids any argument you were trying to make since your other comments are claiming Apple created this design.

      I can keep commenting on trolls like you. Im gonna go grey soon.

    • Omis

      Did they copy features of those phones? Probably. But they took the bits and pieces and designed a new kind of phone. Every current generation phone is based off the design of the iphone. Had Apple not released the iphone, we’d be discussing the latest Blackberry device. For better or for worse, they changed the way phones looked and acted. Samsung hasnt done anything like that.

    • sergio garduno

      The fact that you just ATTEMPTED to argue that apple comes up with anything, Samsung copies anyone, and Samsung isn’t one of the most innovative tech companies in the WORLD (Google coming in first in my opinion) makes it obvious that you’re nothing more than an Apple fanboy.

    • Christopher Robert

      Samsung makes the RAM and the Screens for many different phone manufactures, including Apple. This is an area where they actually excel. This LPDDR4 is one generation away from making 8GB RAM possible in a 5-6 inch phone. Then all the BS about 64bit processors will be legit and Phones will really start to compete with Desktops.

      NO ONE else is making RAM this efficient and this fast right now. And when they do start making it, they will all copy this design.

    • Harold Mitchell

      Samsung shill man……

    • MobileRoamer

      Apple shill man….

    • Harold Mitchell

      Sorry….I use a MotoX which I was fortunate to win on this site. Before that a Nexus 4.

    • hyperhyper

      Gratz on that. Nice phone to win.

    • Harold Mitchell

      Cheers

    • Ralph Malph

      This is spot on. Let me also ask, where are all the i****s that made fun of the Galaxy Note screen size? Oh yeah, those haters are now praising their OEM of choice’s Note wanabe. We all saw how the Apple kids were so happy to get a stretched screen. And we all know they’er all waiting on pins and needles in the hope the rumors of an 4+ inch iPhone are true. It’s always fun watching the haters back pedal.

    • hyperhyper

      Just wait until September when they introduce the iPhone “Eat Crow” edition. They will “unapologetically put the boots to Jobs” by releasing an iPhone that is going to be bigger than 4″, has even more plastic in it, uses a Swype/Swiftkey to replace their current “perfect keyboard” and continue to borrow UI ideas from Android, Windows and BB.

      Apple may have made the smartphone a household name with all the technophobes out there and introduced virtual keyboard but they’ve been on auto-pilot for quite a while. That haters will hate until they get what we have. How long will it be until they praise the innovations of Apple when it finally releases a Swype/Swiftkey imitation? It will be within a year or two for sure since Apple is taking it from all sides on how they have let their keyboard lapse like it was IE6.

  • Batal

    I really like Samsung’s technology push. Only, if they can improve their customer service – at least learn from

  • Rod

    Dam! Just got the note 3, it’s going to be hard not upgrading to the note 4!

  • Super_Deluxe

    Ok now that we’re beyond the required amount of memory for a smartphone, not that I’m against it or anything, but how about improving the battery tech? We need better and bigger batteries that will allow us to use less space on the phone and make our them reliable without having to worry about it dying on you in the middle of the day regardless of how it’s used. I’m sure that can be done somehow since all these hardware innovations we’re able to be done.

    • beyond

      even if it were done, device manufacturers will just increase the specs with more powerful processor, gpu, etc, to make use of that extra power. Software developers will relax a bit and make slightly less efficient apps, or make more power hungry apps that do more. Its basically a no win situation, battery life just isn’t priority.

    • Richard Xing

      Of course battery life is a priority. Remember back in the day when you didn’t have to charge your phone for a whole week? Now most phones need to be charged everyday. And especially when the majority of the population is complaining their battery is dying too quickly.

    • beyond

      First of all you can’t compare today’s smartphones to yesterday’s basic cell phones and complain. They are completely different hardware and software. Second, are people really incapable of charging their devices everyday? I’m not saying that I like to keep charging my device constantly, but the fact is, people complain about battery life and yet they are never more than minutes away from a solution capable of powering or charging their device. Unless that changes somehow, I don’t see manufacturers prioritizing battery life. Not to mention battery tech seems to advance at a snails pace compared to the devices themselves, so really what choice do manufacturers have except to use whatever crappy battery technology that we have currently available… .

    • Super_Deluxe

      I don’t think most people have a problem with charging it everyday, I think the problem is charging it within the day. I know I had to do this when I had the S3 before coming home from school. Had to carry my backup charger just in case. The point I was trying to make in my first comment was making batteries that last us the whole day at least without worrying about it dying on us. I have the G2 right now and it solves that issue thankfully. And phones will keep getting power hungry and will require bigger batteries to give you a guaranteed all day use regardless of how you use it.

  • beyond

    8gb still not enough for android :P

    • Henry

      I see what you did there.. you made it sound like Android is a resource hog and 8gb is not enough

    • Richard Xing

      I think it’s a joke…

    • Henry

      Yeah I picked up on that. Don’t take my reply too seriously either

  • Garrett Cooper

    WTF do I need 4GB of RAM for? Why don’t you develop some battery tech that can get me through 2 days of heavy usage on 1 charge? That’s something I can actually get some value out of. And no, I have no need for a Note, that thing is huge.

    • Henry

      Razr Maxx has 20 hours talk time, up to 32 hours of average use.

    • Anaron

      The Nokia Lumia 1520 has 28 hours of talk time, over 120 hours of music playback, 12.5 hours of video playback and web browsing, and 32 days of standby time. And all of that with a 3,400 mAh battery. The Nexus 5 gets 60 hours of music playback with low-power audio playback and the iPhone 5S gets a measly 40 hours. The power efficiency of Nokia’s hardware coupled with WP8 shows that battery life can be increased in different ways.

    • Garrett Cooper

      Razr Maxx isn’t avail. in Canada though is it? Wasn’t that a Verizon phone?
      To Anaron, a 6′ device is just too big IMHO. Once WP comes out with a few apps that I use regularly, then I’ll consider picking one up, but not until then. The 1020 had me intrigued over the holidays but decided against it for that reason.
      To thecrazyone, hadn’t seen a rumour of a 5,000mAh battery, do you have a link? That would be a solid start and a way for Samsung to win me back after all the issues I had with my S2.

    • Henry

      You’re right about that, even unlocked wouldn’t work with our 3G networks.

    • Garrett Cooper

      Ok, that’s what I thought because I looked into that phone a year or 2 ago because of it’s 3300MaH battery but it was Verizon only. So to your point sure there are a very few phones available, but not much within Canada. The G2 at 3000MaH is probably the best currently available.

    • thatcrazyone

      well considering the current rumors are a 64-bit quad core thats what the 4GB is for and the phone is currently rummored to have 5000+ mAh battery. if this comes true sammy will have a beast!