Samsung announces 1TB storage chip for phones, might be in Galaxy S10

The chip is significantly faster as well as being the same physical size as last year's 512GB chip

Smartphone storage has always been a hotly contested aspect of devices. Over the last few years, we’ve seen the minimum internal storage options grow from 8GB to 64GB, we’ve witnessed 512GB of storage on a phone and we’ve seen companies abandon the microSD card slot.

Despite the trend of giving users more internal storage on their devices, many people still demand expandable storage for their photos, music and movies. Samsung’s new storage technology, however, may finally end the need for microSD card slots.

The South Korean electronics giant announced the first ever 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) chip for smartphones.

Further, Samsung says they kept the chip size the same as the 512GB eUFS version developed for last year’s Note 9, despite doubling the storage.

To put the size in perspective, a typical 64GB eUFS chip used in most flagships can hold 13 10-minute 4K videos. Samsung’s new storage chip can hold 260 videos of the same size.

With great capacity comes great speed

Samsung 1TB chip

Samsung boasts a sequential read speed of 1,000 megabytes per second (MBps). That’s approximately twice as fast as the read speed of a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD.

Further, Samsung says a 5GB HD video could be transferred from a phone with this chip to an SSD in as fast as five seconds — 10 times faster than the typical microSD card.

Finally, the South Korean giant says its new 1TB eUFS chip has random read speeds that are 38 percent faster than last year’s 512GB chip. The new chip’s random write speed is also 500 times faster than a high-performance microSD card.

Samsung’s executive VP of memory sales and marketing Cheol Choi expects the new chip will be essential in bringing a more “notebook-like user experience” to mobile devices.

“What’s more, Samsung is committed to assuring the most reliable supply chain and adequate production quantities to support the timely launches of upcoming flagship smartphones in accelerating growth of the global mobile market,” said Choi.

While I may be reading too much into the statement, it certainly sounds like we could expect to see the 1TB chip in an upcoming Samsung device. That would confirm rumours of a 1TB S10 model.

However, we won’t know for sure until Samsung’s event in February.

Source: Samsung