4GB RAM smartphones and tablets are coming! Samsung ups its memory module game to 4GB LPDDR4, available early 2015
posted by Luis D. / Dec 23, 2014, 2:28 AM
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?
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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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 2:45 AM 6
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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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 4:23 AM 14
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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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 7:47 AM 1
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Hi Finalflash. Can you please list the specs of Google's latest tablet called the Nexus 9? http://www.phonearena.com/phon
Does it have 64bit SoC? Does it have 4GB of RAM? Did the Fandroids like yourself get duped?
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 9:21 AM 3
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"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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 11:50 AM 0
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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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 11:18 PM 1
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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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 7:05 AM 0
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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:
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 7:31 AM 1
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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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 11:12 AM 1
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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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 2:56 AM 1
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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 2:59 AM 3
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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.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 9:53 AM 2
Exynos 7420: 14 nm FinFet cortex a57 + a53, 3/4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, T760 Mp8/10. This is going to be insane.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 2:57 AM 3
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with an Amoled 4K display at 6inches. Hoping that's the Note 5. My current phone can last 1 more year.
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 3:04 AM 0
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Exynos 7420 is 14 nm? wow, and SD 810 still 20 nm meh
posted on Dec 23, 2014, 3:25 AM 0
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