Let’s face it, this decade is all about the amount of apps, music, movies or photos you can carry on your device, and we simply can’t get enough storage to handle that. Lot’s of companies are offering cloud storage as a solution to this problem, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re left with the variable cost of the data that you’ll have to consume to be able to reach your media. Phones only get more expensive depending on the amount of storage you choose, and this is the next challenge that Samsung seems to be trying to solve.
Samsung has just developed the industry’s first three-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, which breaks the currently existing limit of how much storage you can carry. This sets a new bar to as much as 384GB of storage on a single chip, which is obviously the maximum supported. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re getting this amount of storage soon, but it does mean that the cost of current chips will drop, and there will be broader options to choose from in the future.
Sadly it’s still hard to know when we’ll see 384GB of storage on a smartphone, or anything close. Still, it’s a work that just begun progress.