Next year's flagships may use Samsung's new 512GB internal flash storage

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However, that barrier has now been broken as Samsung today has officially announced its new 512GB embedded UFS solution. Do we really need 512 GB of storage phones?

Samsung is looking to take phone storage to the next level with a new 512GB embedded universal flash storage (eUFS) solution, which the South Korean giant has started mass producing, it announced on Tuesday. Imagine pairing a ton of storage alongside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC), or Samsung's recently announced Exynos 9810 (Samsung typically uses two SoCs for its flagship phones, tapping its own silicon for models that ship internationally and Qualcomm's hardware for United States variants).

According to Samsung, its new 512GB eUFS offering features eight 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chip and a controller chip that stacked together in one single solution.

"The new high-capacity eUFS enables a flagship smartphone to store approximately 130 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) video clips of a 10-minute duration, which is about a tenfold increase over a 64GB eUFS which allows storing only about 13 of the same-sized video clips", Samsung points out.

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To maximize the performance and energy efficiency of the new 512GB eUFS, Samsung has introduced a new set of proprietary technologies. In addition, the 512GB eUFS' controller chip speeds up the mapping process for converting logical block addresses to those of physical blocks.

As for random read speeds, Samsung says that the 512GB eUFS has a read speed of 42,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and write speed of 40,000 IOPS. This will improve the speed of storage-intensive tasks such as high-resolution burst photos, file searches, and downloading videos in dual app mode, the company states.

The technology behind this new flash storage solution is based on Samsung's current 48-layer 256 gigabit (Gb) V-NAND chips. The eUFS' increased storage capacity will provide a much more extensive mobile experience. It's a remote possibility for now, and even if flagships are released with variants having 512GB of storage, they are sure to be priced extremely high.