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Toshiba announces 128-gigabyte NAND chips perfect for the next gen of high-end smartphones

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Toshiba announces 128-gigabyte NAND chips perfect for the next gen of high-end smartphones
How much storage capacity does your smartphone have? 4 gigs? 8 gigs? Even if you buy the latest, most advanced handheld on the market right now, you probably would not get more than 32 gigs of storage built-in. Sure, that is more than enough for most users out there, but Toshiba has already announced its first 128-gigabyte NAND flash memory chips hinting that they will be landing in smartphones and tablets pretty soon.

If you are having troubles visualizing 128 gigabytes of data, think approximately 32000 iTunes songs or over 60 hours of HD video. In comparison, the 64 gig iPad 2 model can theoretically store only half of that. Toshiba makes the production of the new 128 gig chips possible thanks to a 19-nanometer manufacturing process. In result, a greater number of transistors can be crammed into a memory chip  small enough to fit in portable devices. The new technology might also reduce the production costs of smaller 64- and 32-gigabyte NAND chips making them more affordable for smartphone manufacturers.

It is supposed that Toshiba's own smart devices will ship with the new chips first, but since testing samples have been handed out to other companies already, it wouldn't be surprising if somebody else beats them to it. For example, Apple has been using Toshiba's NAND chips for quite a while now, so the next iPhone and iPad iterations might actually offer more storage capacity than ever before.

Production of the new chips should switch to full speed later this summer, which means they will most probably start appearing in smartphones and tablets by Christmas of this year.

source: Toshiba via Electronista

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posted on 21 Apr 2011, 10:23 2

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4205; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wow good news. The smart phone is inching closer to the PC world every year. I can't even imagine what the smart phone will be like in 10 years. I love technology & innovation. This is good news to all!

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 11:06

3. Brenden (unregistered)


It will probably be incorperated into our bodies some how. That we only have to think and the tast will get going. Imagine surfing the web by just thinking and you sence and see what you want in your brain. You should see the documtary "Transendent Man".

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 12:28 1

6. Speardj (unregistered)


That would take Sexting to a whole new level

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 10:49 1

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think I had an orgasm

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 11:14 2

4. remixfa (Posts: 13939; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol. bukkaki!

in 3 years we will probably not use a desktop at all..lol. just doc our phones to the monitor for big screen use and call it a day.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 11:33 3

5. Exile SS (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I love technological advancements. I just ordered my 32gb class 10 micro sd from lexar last week and should get in in a day or two. Now i read this and feel behind again.... Oh well.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:56 1

7. theBankRobber (unregistered)


The most sad part about this news is that ONLY the iPhone will use these chips. I don't know why Android manufactures don't use higher gig chips. Fuck buying micro SD cards that most likely fail all the time or give error problems. HTC I'm talking to you u cheap basterds.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 15:14 1

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


lol Samsung galaxy comes with internal 16GB and so many others.... you may need to test out other manufacturer maybe

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 15:58 1

9. Robert235 (Posts: 50; Member since: 30 May 2010)


wow 128gb,i wouldn't need that ,16gb seems like a lot for my phone already.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 21:49

11. TDroid21 (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


Taht'd be great.. More space to save large size files esp high res full hd contents.. Only fitting for smartphones and tablets to really sport this size of storage since highend smartphones and tablets now supports full hd 1020p recording.. We all know that those contents demand a lot of storage space. Not only that, we are also fond of downloading not only music but also movies esp high res hd's which we love and enjoy watching on our phones.. How many times did we had to delete some of our favourite downlaoded movies just to spare storage for a new one which we want to download or save on our gadgets???

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 22:55

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I can see use for this on high end tablets but I don't think I could ever use them on my smartphone.

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 23:37

13. fcku (unregistered)


Can someone stop that fucking guy ( qweqwr ) to stop advertise with his " Dollar day " stuffs on this website ? This is a phonearena.com, an website for news & products that only cellphone & techs only.

posted on 24 Apr 2011, 21:03

14. joey18 (Posts: 521; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


128 is alot so iphone 5 will come with 32 or 64 my ipoq touch 32 but some games like gameloft needs alot memory some others apps need alo memory to

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