High-density 8GB RAM chip unveiled, tipped to be in Galaxy S8


There have been rumors floating around the world wide webs that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 may sport 8 GB RAM, but such chips were nowhere to be seen so far, at least in sizes and power draw ratings worthy to be placed in the thin and light phones of the future. 

Enter SK Hynix, the main memory-making competition of Samsung in Korea, which today announced just such a silicon - two 8 Gigabit pieces connected in a dual-channel config, and stacked in four layers. That's exactly 64 Gigabits, equaling 8 GB of mobile DRAM, ready to go in your future smartphone. SK Hynix is no stranger to being a pioneer in that realm, as way back in 2013 it announced the first 1GB DDR3 mobile RAM chip, too.

SK Hynix says that the resulting combo package takes 30% less space than current LPDDR4 mobile chips, and on top of that is 20% more power efficient. Dubbed LPDDR4X, these new mobile RAM modules are expected to be in great demand this year, as the chip maker tips they will be used en masse in 2017 flagship phones, while the other source explicitly mentions the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8

While we wouldn't discount a Galaxy S8 with 8 GB of RAM, it's a bit hard to believe that Apple will go all the way with an iPhone that needs that much random-access memory, as it's traditionally been pretty conservative with RAM amounts. This year, however, there might be a unique OLED model, so who knows what may happen between now and September. Besides Tim Cook and the rest of the Cupertino gang, that is.

source: SK Hynix via The Investor

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23 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"This year, however, there might be a unique OLED model" Yes, there might be... Though there's nothing unique about that OLED display in question... Nothing.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what about "unique" gimmicky name? like retinaOLED?

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

retinaOLED would make no sense, as it won't pack a display resolution higher than what's currently available in the smartphone industry. Remember that Apple's "retina LCD" was due to its display having the highest ppi density at that time (326ppi), but that has already been surpased by Android OEMs long ago, so retinaOLED would mean nothing, unless Apple packs it with a resolution higher than 4K, which is very unlikely.

7. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

4K in a phone has already been done too. Z5 Premium has a pixel density of 806 ppi.

20. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I know that the Xperia Z5 Premium has a 4K display, that's why I said: "unless Apple packs it with a resolution higher than 4K"... HIGHER than 4K. You didn't comprehend my post well enough.

23. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sure thing pal. That's exactly what happened here.

9. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

The retina moniker really has no meaning now, but if Apple uses it to just mean their 326ppi on an OLED screen (although they wouldn't really explain what the term really means), the Apple lovers would see RetinaOLED or something similar as the greatest "innovation" there ever was in screens and it would sell like hotcakes because in their mind it is the most advanced phone ever. The ignorant customers are the reason why Apple will continue to be the king of profits despite there being many phones that are better and way ahead in technology.

15. mikehunta727 unregistered

No chance they stay with 326 ppi display. Reason being a OLED pentile display at that ppi would look worse and less sharp then the current display on the phone due to Pentile, they will have to up the resolution. But I'm pretty sure the smaller models won't even see OLED anyway and will only be the top model

18. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well samsung is stepping towards new display tech, if various sources are to be believed over the last year. It makes sense though, for all amoled's advantages, if it is going to be used for more and more VR stuff, they need to nip its problems. The slow black reaction times causing smears for one. Black's need much better response time.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its advertisement. and people think it means something special. when it means nothing.

2. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hmmm you got to wonder, CPU wise phone's are getting up there, but GPU wise they still have a good bit to go, if a phone has USB 3 and is able to connect to an external GPU dock, couldn't it effectively function as a steam machine? You'd need to adapt and change some things, but all in all GPU is the most limiting factor now a days, not really CPU, maybe we are closing in on having our computer in our pocket. And then just dock it when you get home and it gets access to more power and as such, could be used for gaming e.t.c.

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There are already some phones that do video out and bluetooth controllers. Some phones have charging docks too. No reason why you couldn't just game on your phone that way. Why would you need an external GPU? Not like you could install Crysis 3 on your phone. Any phone with a flagship SOC will do fine with mobile games. We already do have computers in our pockets. They'll never be as powerful as desktop computers or laptops released at the same time as performance in both continue to improve. You need to compare phones from today to laptops from 10 years ago.

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

That's just it, though, with an external GPU, you'd have the proper API's and performance to drive desktop gaming. take steamOS, more and more games are becoming available for it, and it is linux based, and since it is linux based it is possible to modify it to run on phone cpu's, and for the vast majority of games, cpu is not critical, meaning even if you are missing some instruction sets, you can get by just fine, because GPU more then makes up for it. And the reason we need to compare phones like that is because of how they are build to fit a small form factor, my point is though that you do not NEED a powerful CPU to drive a powerful GPU now a days, so if you had an external GPU + phone, theoretically you could be fine.

3. marchulya

Posts: 56; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

by april - it would be really in time for a 8GB phone. & a pack of fastest 8GB RAM & most powerfull 8 core cpu will be none but a true flagship of 2017year! Go for it SAMSUNG!!!

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

How did the iPhone somehow sneak into this article...???

10. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It seems more plausible that Apple would put 8gb of ram in an iPad Pro than iPhone.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Phones don't need 8GB of RAM. The apps are still small as we aren't talking about full scaled apps. This is marketing at its best...They will increase the phones retail price at least by 5-8% as a result of higher RAM capacity.

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Phones don't need 8GB of RAM" Sounding very shorsighted there. Like Tablets, Smartphones are merely another form-factor of a PC. With Windows 10 on ARM just around the corner, this could very well be Samsung making their devices future-proof. Possibly in preparation to implement this patent of running bother Android + Windows on the same device ( http://sck.pm/aF )...

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1363; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

If the article is about the Galaxy S8 ( maybe employing 64gb of hyper fast ram) why did the witter even feel the need to mention the iPhone knowing Apple will not employ any new tech util they feel it is mature? Why must it always be Apple vs Samsung when the tech being reviewed has no bearing at all. "Ford release a new car powered on water ---- Samsung will employ this for the Galaxy 8 but it may be a chance that Apple will improve and use this feature soon" Lol

14. Alpha1

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 06, 2016

They do it for clicks, come on man.

22. mikehunta727 unregistered

"Dubbed LPDDR4X, these new mobile RAM modules are expected to be in great demand this year, as the chip maker tips they will be used en masse in 2017 flagship phones, while the other source explicitly mentions the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8. " Iphone was mentioned by the"other source" that the iPhone 8 will use LPDDR4x, that's why. Plus .. This IS Phonearena and iPhone and others ARE competitors to Samsung so... I'd say much more relevant then you mentioning Ford's car and a Samsung phone in the same breathe Who even cares if they mentioned iPhone or Apple though? How and why does this bother you? As a tech enthuiast it does not bother me

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I will be surprise to see 8 gig ram in the S8. Maybe 6. Samsung won't do anything that would require a price increase. Look for slight cheaper prices on the flagships to rebuild customer trust. Looking more forward to the new Note then the S8.

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Samsung won't do anything that would require a price increase" They seem to have been ignoring that policy since the S3: https://www.techwalls.com/production-costs-of-smartphones/

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