Samsung starts mass production of 256GB smartphone storage chips
Your new smartphone may have an impossibly sharp high-res screen, enough RAM to handle whatever app you can throw at it, and a camera that has you snapping the best pics you’ve ever taken … so why does it have the same amount of internal flash storage as the phone you owned three years ago? For all the upgrades modern phones have offered, storage capacity has been slow to grow, and while a few handsets do offer some impressively massive options, they’re the exceptions that prove the rule. Luckily for those of us who crave phones that don’t skimp on space, there’s been reason to be hopeful for a future full of high-capacity models, with Samsung last month announcing new high-speed 256GB chips. Today we get word that progress towards getting one of these chips in a new phone is coming along nicely, as Samsung begins mass production.
That still doesn’t confirm precisely when we might start seeing Samsung’s UFS 2.0 256GB flash chips being used for internal storage in new smartphone hardware, but if production is underway already, it doesn’t sound crazy to talk about some of these components ending up in later-year-2016 handsets.
The big question concerns just who might get their hands on this tech first; while a lot of speculation has turned to the Galaxy Note 6 picking up a 256GB storage option, we’ve also heard the possibility of Apple making a run at these chips for the iPhone 7. Or will manufacturers pass the chips by for now, content to limit us to the rare 128GB model? We’d like to think that won’t be the case, but there’s no guarantee here.
Really, we’re just happy to be thinking about 256GB phones as possibilities at all.