Samsung introduces blazing-fast 256GB UFS 2.0 memory chip, can we say Galaxy Note 6?

Craving to have as much native storage on your phone as possible? If yes, then your best bet at the moment is 128GB of built-in, native storage. Well, one of the leading manufacturers of flash memory—Samsung—just announced that it has started mass-producing 256GB UFS 2.0 memory chips that are aimed at and hopefully make their way to high-end smartphones in the near future.

The specifications of Sammy's newest memory chip are, to say the least, quite impressive! Touted as "paradigm shift", it can handle up to 45,000 and 40,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading and writing, respectively. To put that into perspective, it's enough to mention that the previous UFS generation is only able to hit 19,000 and 14,000 IOPS for random reading and writing. That's fast!

What's even more jaw-dropping is that Samsung's 256GB chip can perform sequential reads at up to 850MB/s. Yes, that's 850 megabytes, and yes, that's 1 second. This insane data transfer speed is not only on par with most desktop SATA SSD drives, it's actually smoking all but the high-end ones out of the water. Sequential writing speeds of Sammy's new chip can go up as high as 260MB/s, which is not on par with desktop SATA SSDs, but substantially outperforms any microSD card you might have.

Samsung says that the one of the main purposes of it's new 256GB UFS 2.0 memory chip will be 4K media consumption on high-end "large-screen mobile devices". But what if you don't want to watch 4K movies on your phone? Fine, don't - Samsung says you can fit roughly 47 1080p ones on its new chip. 

All sounds fine and dandy, but when will this new chip make its way to a device we can actually buy and use? Well, Samsung keeps mum on this, but we have an idea, which borders with wishful thinking. What's one of the high-end, "large-screen mobile device" that we are expecting to hit us by this year's end?

Here's a hint: it starts with "Sam" and ends with "sung Galaxy Note 6". Hopefully, that is!

source: Samsung 



54. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

@PA. Large-screen mobile device does NOT mean the Galaxy Note 6. Rather, Samsung is referring to tablets. Please use some common sense.

53. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

IR BLASTER! Samsung better not eff the Note 6 on this! There's a reason that hundreds of millions of phones have IR remote control apps downloaded from the Play Store on them. I am sick & tired of hearing of all the alternate solutions for those phones that don't have the freaking $5 IR Blaster included, because they all require separate hardware accessories, and may not always be with you wherever you go, like your phone is!!!! If Apple started putting IR's in their phones, Sammy would be right back on that IR Blaster bandwagon!!

52. fyah_king unregistered

Note 6 with 512gb would be perfect.

46. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Well I guess this means the 256gb iPhone 7plus and iPad pro 2 are hopefully a go.

32. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

I just hope Samsung creates Micro SD with the speed like this beast. So no one complaint about Storagegate in Android MM

31. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

may be it is for rumoured iPhone 7 Plus model

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yeah you wish. With Apple only giving 16GB with a phone that can record 4k, you really think they will.jump on 256? Whatever you're smoking, share so I can be delusional too.

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Delusional Techie at his finest ignoring 2 other models of Apple. Dude you are trying so hard it's sad really.

47. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

What if they ditch the 16GB model? 32GB will be base followed by 64,128 and 256GB options

30. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

S7 coming with 32/64 GB ROM...availability of the 64 GB model isn't very clear because this time there is a microSD slot. Samsung ditched the 128 GB S6 and Note 5 in various markets. So at this point I am not very hopeful that Note 6 coming with 256 GB storage worldwide. It's a shame that all the Android flagships pops out of MWC 2016 coming with 32 GB ROM.

29. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

In real use a 550MB/s SATA SSD will still be faster .. Why ? IOPS..

28. tgom222

Posts: 35; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

"Yes, that's 850 megabytes, and yes, that's 1 second. This insane data transfer speed is not only on par with most desktop SATA SSD drives, it's actually smoking all but the high-end ones out of the water." No SATA SSD is that fast. The theoretical limit of SATA III is 600MB/s. I don't know what high end SATA SSD you think you have, but it's not doing 850MB/s. Anything faster than 600MB/s has to be a PCI-E SSD or SATA Express (which none that fast are on the market.)

27. Dodong

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Lets go samsung put this on the note 6 I'll be trading my s7 edge then.

24. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... Samsung is pushing us up into the future. Sammy is worth a standing ovation for this, but are we going to have this in the Note 6?...

22. vasra

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

No way. Samsung can't even ship 64GB internal flash memory models. Unlike Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple, Asus.... This is for future iPhones and some Chinese makers. The chipmaker Samsung is a different unit from mobile phone maker Samsung and will sell the volume of 256GB chips to the highest bidder (i.e. Apple). The rest get the scraps. Think with your brain, not with your fanboy-emotions.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? You think Apple will put a 256GB storage in the iPhone or iPad? Haha. You're the fan boy here. Dude they released a phone that can record 4k and they still shoved a 16GB flash drive inside. You must be high.

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And also a 128GB model but lets not talk about actual options. You must be tarded.

50. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Really? Where did this 64gb in my Note 5 come from?

17. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Lol. And they are still using 32GB for their high-end phones. maybe they should first start making 64gb a standard before reaching for the stars!

14. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Yesssssssss bring it on Samsung :D

9. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Funny Samsung makes over 50% of mobile storage chips but you find it hard or nearly impossible to get a Samsung Galaxy s6 dual sim 64gb, but very easy to get IPhone in all memory sizes.

6. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

If there is a company that continueosly pushes the moblile tech forward it is definitely samsung +1 Superb screens Useful software features Precessors Storage chips Great cameras We are lucky to have this good company in the mibile tech world

10. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Yeah. Without Samsung we will never see Android Tablets. Samsung with their competitivness atitude (or over obsesive towards apple? he hehe).

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And we are getting all thisbtech, without paying absorbent prices for 2 year old hardware. We are paying equal and less and sometimes slightly more, yet we are a getting more. Compare the iPhone at $649 vs the S6 at $599 when it was released. Look how much more you get. More storage, larger screen, higher resolution, fast charging, decent batterylife, new design, top screen of the year, best camera of the year, better low light shots, heart rate, premium build quality and the list goes on. What does Apple give? NOTHING. This is why I criticize Apple. I am not saying the iPhone had to have all of that, but then again; for what it costs they should have been the first with it. That's not hate it's just my opinion based on the cost. After all if Samsung can, why can't Apple or anyone else for that matter?

43. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

"new design" I'm just rolling at that. Yet will all that 'tech', people are paying so they can walk into an apple store and do what they need to do, let me know my nearest Samsung only store. Yes stores cost money, billions actually. As well, despite all that tech, the chips are keeping up and beating the Samsung phones in real world tests. The screen while 720p or 1080p is not the highest end, they look gorgous, normal people cannot see the difference. I am always gonna knock apple, I have to tech them and androids all day, I get to see all the stupid Samsung issues, like the sim card no read error of the s4's, the dead screens of the s5's, the not turning on of the s6's and more. Apple has their issues as well. As well when people do go apple, they buy into an ecosystem that is yet to be matched for ease of use, I don't find it easy, but others do.

48. iushnt

Posts: 3189; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I've seen a lot more issues with iPhones and a lot less with Samsungs in my real life

51. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I have to agree with you on that. Over the past five years, the only Samsung device that failed me and my family members was a Tab Pro 8.4 where the screen failed. That's from 2 S2's, a Nexus 10, 2 Tab S 8.4s, 1 Tab S 10.5, 1 Note 4 and one S6 Edge. On the Apple side, every family member who has purchased an iPhone (except purchases last year, so far) has had to have the screen replaced or some other repair issue. We're talking well over a dozen iPhones. I think the record speaks for itself.

55. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Come to my job, and watch how many Samsungs we take in compared to iPhones. I am I the US, where Samsung and iphones are on equal sales footing. Our data does not go along with what you have 'seen'. As a side note for 'seen'. Our team has 7 iphones and 6 Samsungs, no iphones have been replaced. So far an s6Edge screen outage and an S6 battery have been replaced by the team. This is our team, another team can have the complete opposite. But from our data, samsungs have more exchanges than iphones. Heck before I typed this the last customer I helped, had 3 note 5's in under 6 months due to either software or hardware issues.

49. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Normal people can and do see the difference.

5. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

More likely for a Tab S. Would love to see it in Note 6, but not holding my breath

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