Samsung Announces 256-Gigabyte Flash Storage For High-End Mobile Devices


Just one year back, 128GB microSD cards and mobile devices with 128GB storage started appearing in the market. Today, Samsung announced that it is now mass producing the 256GB memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard for next-generation high-end mobile devices. Don’t be surprised if any new flagship devices coming in the next few months come with 256GB storage option. Also,

The new Samsung UFS memory is based on the company’s most advanced V-NAND flash memory chips and a specially-designed high-performance controller. The UFS memory handles up to 45,000 and 40,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading and writing respectively, over two times faster than the 19,000 and 14,000 IOPS of the previous generation of UFS memory. For sequential reading, the 256GB UFS takes advantage of two lanes of data transfer to move data at up to 850MB/s, which is nearly twice as fast as a typical SATA-based SSD used in PCs.

In terms of sequential writing, it supports up to 260MB/s, which is approximately three times faster than high-performance external micro SD cards. As a result, the new 256GB UFS memory is capable of supporting seamless Ultra HD video playback and multitasking functionality on large-screen mobile devices, such as watching 4K Ultra HD movies on a split screen, while searching image files or downloading video clips.

Samsung said that they will increase their production volume in line with increases in global demand. Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile already supports MicroSD cards up to 1TB. When Samsung’s 256GB microSD card comes to the market, it will work with any of your existing flagship Windows 10 Mobile devices.

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