Your next smartphone could be a whole lot faster – but not because of the CPU

Samsung has revealed that it has developed the industry’s first Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 4.0 solution, which promises to give the next generation of smartphones a major performance boost.

In a series of messages on Twitter, Samsung Semiconductor explained that UFS 4.0 is significantly faster than the previous generation (UFS 3.1). However, the new smartphone memory standard will consume less of your device’s battery while being more compact.

For those unfamiliar, Samsung is one of the industry’s leading memory makers and its chips are even found in Apple’s iPhone. Although UFS 3.1, which debuted in 2020, is already quite fast, UFS 4.0 will deliver up to twice the performance according to the Korean hardware giant.

UFS 4.0 can deliver speeds of up to 23.2 Gbps per lane, more than double that of UFS 3.1. As a result, UFS 4.0 is well suited for 5G smartphones as they can download even more data.

Samsung UFS 4.0

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Could UFS 4.0 be a game changer?

When paired with Samsung’s 7th Gen V-NAND and a proprietary controller under the hood, UFS 4.0 will be able to deliver sequential read speeds of up to 4,200 Mbps and sequential write speeds up to 2800 Mbps.

At the same time, power efficiency has also been increased and UFS 4.0 is capable of delivering a sequential read speed of 6.0 Mbps per mA, which is a 46% improvement over UFS 3.1. This means that smartphone owners will be able to get longer battery life from their devices, even with a significant performance boost.

Samsung also managed to reduce the size of UFS 4.0 compared to UFS 3.1. While a 512GB UFS 3.1 module measures 11.5 x 13 x 1.0 mm, the maximum size of a UFS 4.0 module is 11 x 13 x 1 mm. The company’s new smartphone memory will also be available in a variety of capacities up to 1TB.

Mass production of UFS 4.0 memory is expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, so it could potentially end up in flagship smartphones released around the holiday season.

Via Android Authority

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