Bigger is always better in technology. Not so much when it comes to screen sizes or chunky batteries, but if we’re talking capacity and storage, bigger is ALWAYS better. Luckily, there are new advances in mobile devices, beyond the microSD expandable memory we are already used to. Samsung wants to pave the way by announcing its new 256GB flash storage, said to be two times faster than the previous generation of Universal Flash Storage (UFS) memory.
Now, it’s not like the average smartphone user needs to fill up 256GB of storage, but the fact that it’s an option is very important. Enough folks splurged on maxed-out 128GB devices (Apple and Samsung) last year to have made the statement that yes, going beyond cloud storage and streaming music is possible on a mobile device. People need the space, and expandable memory via microSD has long since been a Bandaid for the bigger problem. People should be able to rely on their smartphone the same way they do their computer at home. Samsung wants to be the very first to offer something larger than 128GB, something that will satisfy “needs for ultra-fast speed, large data capacity and compact chip size in high-end smartphones. It is based on the company’s most advanced V-NAND flash memory chips and a specially designed high-performance controller” (Beta News).
Let’s talk fun facts. This tiny chip is smaller than the microSD card your smartphone offers, and provides enough storage for 50 HD movies, with the ability to watch one split-screen, all while searching images and downloading video clips. I mean, when is the last time you even attempted to watch a video on your smartphone while doing anything else, other than maybe answering a text? Never? Of course never. If I tried to do that on my iPhone it would probably turn into a confused-face Emoji right in front of my eyes, then explode.
Besides this lovely adaptation to multi-tasking, Samsung claims its new technology will trigger amazing speeds of epic proportions. Ok maybe not, but speeds twice as fast as what we have seen in UFS memory before- handing up to “45,000 and 40,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading and writing respectively”. Samsung VP Joo Sun Choi even touts it “twice as fast as a SATA SSD for PCs” (PC Mag).
Because the announcement came mere days after Samsung’s big unveiling of the new Galaxy S7 line of smartphones, neither phone will be sporting this new UFS capacity. However, Samsung does intend on releasing another 128GB UFS version of the Galaxy this year, for those who crave (and can afford) incredible capacity, and reading and writing speeds.
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