Samsung has started producing 256GB solid state chips

Samsung SSD

Samsung has started manufacturing 256GB solid-state chips designed for smartphones, according to a press release sent out by the company this morning.

Compared to the company’s previous UFS 2.0 chips, these new high capacity ones can achieve read speeds up to 850MB/s, making them faster than the SATA-based solid-state drives found in many of the latest personal computers. The company still has work to do when it comes to write speeds, though, which top out at 250MB/s with its latest chip.

While 256GB may seem like an excessive amount of storage for a smartphone, with both 4K and virtual reality content set to take off, 32GB, the current gold standard, will start to feel woefully inadequate in a number of years.