Indeed, the smaller a component, the more space there will be in a smartphone for the battery. On the other hand, the less the components of a smartphone consume energy, the more this device will have autonomy.
Samsung launches new memory for smartphones
Generally, it is by improving the energy efficiency of screens and processors that manufacturers manage to offer smartphones that last longer. But as Samsung has shown, it is also possible to save energy on other elements.
This week, Samsung Semiconductor is unveiling a new flash memory for smartphones called UFS 4.0. This will not only improve the performance of the devices, but also their energy efficiency.
BREAKING: Samsung has developed the industry’s highest performing Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 4.0 storage solution, which has received JEDEC® board of director approval. What is UFS 4.0 and what does it mean for the future of storage? Read on to learn more. pic.twitter.com/4Wxdu0J2PD
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According to the Korean giant, UFS 4.0 will allow speeds of up to 23.2 Gbps per lane, which is twice the speed we had on UFS 3.1 memories. According to the company, this performance makes USF 4.0 an ideal component for 5G smartphones that have to process a large amount of data, but also for automotive, as well as virtual reality and augmented reality.
UFS 4.0: a significant gain in energy efficiency
As for power efficiency, Samsung says UFS 4.0 memory will deliver a sequential read speed of 6.0MB/s per mA, a 46% improvement over the previous generation. Thanks to this, the use of this component will therefore have a significant impact on the autonomy of the smartphone.
And that’s not all, since the new flash memory should also allow manufacturers to better organize the space inside their smartphones. “UFS 4.0 will ship in a compact package with a maximum dimension of 11mm x 13mm x 1mm for more efficient use of space and design convenience, and will be available in a variety of capacities up to 1 To »says Samsung.
Serial production of the UFS 4.0 will begin in the third quarter of 2022. Thus, we should see the first devices using this component arriving at the end of the year, or in 2023.
And although this component is manufactured by a division of Samsung, it will certainly not be reserved for Galaxy smartphones. “Working with smartphone and consumer device manufacturers around the world, we are working vigorously to foster an ecosystem for UFS 4.0 to drive the market for high-performance mobile storage solutions”says the group.
Unfortunately, if Samsung is making progress in terms of energy efficiency to extend the autonomy of smartphones, the Korean giant is a little overwhelmed by Chinese manufacturers when it comes to fast charging. With brands like Oppo, OnePlus, Realme, or Xiaomi, fast charging has become an obsession.
Among the fastest models, there is for example the Realme GT Neo 3 which, thanks to its fast charging at 150 W, would go from 0% to 50% in 5 minutes. On the Xiaomi side, there is the brand new Poco F4 GT which goes to 100% in 27 minutes thanks to the 120W HyperCharge.
And the OnePlus 10 Pro, which we recently tested, can go from 0% to 100% in half an hour thanks to 80W SuperVOOC technology.