4GB RAM smartphones and tablets are coming! Samsung ups its memory module game to 4GB LPDDR4, available early 2015

4GB RAM smartphones and tablets are coming! Samsung ups its memory module game to 4GB LPDDR4, available early 2015
It's official, dear readers - we're entering the age of mobile devices that have as much random access memory as the average laptop nowadays! Samsung just announced it has begun mass production of the industry's first 4 Gigabyte LPDDR4 mobile DRAM modules for smartphones and tablets. They are built on the company's 20nm process technology and offer an input/output data rate of up to 3200Mbps (megabits per second), along with UHD video recording and playback, continuous shooting of high-res images over 20MP resolution, and up to 40% lower power consumption compared to LPDDR3 units. The power savings are eligible for all LPDDR4 modules, so 2GB and 3GB RAM devices are getting the goods too.

Samsung is already selling 2GB and 3GB LPDDR4 RAM modules to global application processor vendors and mobile device makers, which means tomorrow's smartphones and tabs will be treated to cutting-edge RAM memory. As for those 4GB chips, Samsung expects they will become market-ready in early 2015. So it looks like it's time to place the bets - is the 4GB module going in the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy Note 5? Heck, why not both? 

Additionally, there's this interesting quote fom Samsung's VP of Memory sales & Marketing, Joo Sun Choi: "By initiating production of 20nm 8Gb LPDDR4, which is even faster than the DRAM for PCs and servers and consumes much less energy, we are contributing to the timely launch of UHD, large-screen flagship mobile devices." Are 4K smartphones coming already? To be honest, we believe tablets will be the first to utilize ultra high definition because it makes more sense - their displays are sufficiently larger. But if Samsung wants to cram such an ungodly amount of pixels on your 5-or 6-incher, who's there to stop it?


source: Samsung

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52 Comments

1. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

You think they'll go from 2 to 4gb with S6? I doubt that Samsung will rise the game that much. The only chance is to take high pressure from chinese companies. Note 5 yes, since releasing is in September.

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well it is 3 GB now with the Note so they could do 4 for the S6. The fact that 810 is full 64 bit and Android fans usually aren't as easy to dupe as iFans, they'll probably want 4 gigs to play up the 64 bit part.

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The market for Android flagship phones in 2015 will require 64-bit SoC + 4 Gb of RAM. As you said, Android fans aren't as easy to dupe as Apple fans.

25. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Hey guys forgwt about the s6 lets focus on the note 5, according to this"By initiating production of 20nm 8Gb LPDDR4, which is even faster than the DRAM for PCs and servers and consumes much less energy, we are contributing to the timely launch of UHD, large-screen flagship mobile devices." The note 5 is gonna have 8gb of ram and a 4k display *_* i skipped thenote 4 just for this beast and its worth it and worth the wait.

27. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

You are aware 8Gb x 4 = 4GB-module right?

33. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

8gb of ram is 8gb of ram

40. zviki

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

WTF are you talking about? Confused with bites and bytes?

50. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

no fool

30. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Hi Finalflash. Can you please list the specs of Google's latest tablet called the Nexus 9? http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Google-Nexus-9_id8926 Does it have 64bit SoC? Does it have 4GB of RAM? Did the Fandroids like yourself get duped?

34. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nope. I didn't buy it.

38. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Does it have 64bit SoC? Does it have 4GB of RAM? Did the Fandroids like yourself get duped?" Judging from the Amazon reviews of the Nexus 9, yes, some of them got duped. Obviously, the Nexus 9 is a bad tablet for the money. It has a flaky 64-bit chip and only 2GB RAM as you mentioned. The build quality is spotty and the tablet is prone to overheating. The Nokia N1 is the real Nexus tablet of late 2014/early 2015. It's only got 2GB RAM, but the price is right and it has a solid 64-bit chip.

43. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Samsung is capable of pulling this out because Apple guaranteed purchasing a pretty amount for the upcoming year. That's how the industry works, but all those blind haters will certainly fabricate some stories around this only to bash Apple.

47. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And what purpose does it serve to bash Apple? Nothing. Please check the last few thread to see who started the bashing nonsense.

51. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

this is true, i learned so in COLLEGE!!!! u need future orders to build future shlt, sad but true

20. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

But if they do put 4 gigs in the S6, it would be solidly future proof for 2-3 years. It will become the industry standard. I don't think even 100 apps (which is far too many for an average user) opened together will slow down the phone. So there won't be any need to go upwards of 4 gigs.

23. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

man LPDDR4 3 GB RAM is already future proof :) i can't imagine the DR4 3 GB RAM and how fast will it be!! but i really hope that its software gets more optimized, you know Sammy's touchwiz can take a 1 GB for itself :D and we will end up like as if we got a 3 GB RAM device at last :laugh:

36. thrash3r

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

You are seriously forgetting about bandwidth. The only way to seriously future proof it would be if they add double channel memory controllers. Also dont forget about the cost. DDR4 is already expensive, I imagine LPDDR4 will be no different.

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The S5 and N4 are already future proof for a long time to come, regardless if they are 32b or 64b.

52. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hopefully not as much moolah since theyre getting orders for the ram already

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well, this time Samsung has no other choice.They are slipping out of the market due to holding back their tech each year assuming they will have the same success. And the fact they are planning something big for S6 points out to 4GB RAM,Project Zero many more. Most 2014 Q3-Q4 phones are already running with 3GB RAM. I find no reason to stick with 2014 tech in 2015.

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

3 GB LPDDR4 >>>>>> 3 GB LPDDR3. You can't compare them. LPDDR4 isn't 2014 tech. Also, faster RAM is better than slower more RAM. It results in faster opening the apps running in background, better management and faster exiting the apps. I have no problem with 3 GB RAM unless it's LPDDR4. Even 2 GB is enough for phones.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's not necessarily true. More slow ram could be faster in a situation where most of the ram is occupied by the OS, and you're trying to run multiple apps and the system needs to keep going to the disk to swap. Mobile ram is cheap. Spend the few extra bucks and future proof the device. Users will appreciate that.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Exynos 7420: 14 nm FinFet cortex a57 + a53, 3/4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, T760 Mp8/10. This is going to be insane.

5. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

with an Amoled 4K display at 6inches. Hoping that's the Note 5. My current phone can last 1 more year.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

4k with no performance upgrade? just stay QHD please.

14. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

I'd even go further and say keep it at 2K which is more than enough for 99% of us users and gives a lot more time. Don't people look at battery stats anymore? "It's the screen stupid!" ;)

15. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

So here the deal kids, choose one: useles pixels or beat the iphone with still more pixels screen to win :P

26. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

8gb of ram will help with the 4k display

7. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Exynos 7420 is 14 nm? wow, and SD 810 still 20 nm meh

22. TyrionLannister unregistered

Yup it's 14 nm. That'll enable them to clock the big cores to about 1.4 GHz and little ones to 1.8 GHz( confirmed by antutu screenshot). Also it'll lead to more GPU cores in the Mali T760. I guess a MP10 version.

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