Samsung makes 1TB smartphone storage possible, but not for the Galaxy S10
That wasn’t ideal from either a speed or convenience standpoint for the most demanding digital hoarders, but until today, smartphone manufacturers had no other choice than to combine internal and external memory in order to break the “terabyte threshold.”
Unsurprisingly, Samsung, which just so happens to be the world’s largest chipmaker in addition to the number one smartphone vendor out there, is announcing the start of mass production for the “industry’s first” one-terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1 solution.
This comes a measly four years after the introduction of the very first UFS chip, which could “only” accommodate 128 gigs of data, and naturally, the aim is to use the groundbreaking new product in “next-generation mobile applications.”
What does it mean?
While the vast majority of today’s smartphone users can probably handle their mobile data-saving needs with as little as 64 or even 32 gigs of storage, Samsung believes the ability to pack a grand total of 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) format will come in handy for certain people.
Of course, the main point of these types of developments is not always to provide a solution to existing problems or needs. Instead, Samsung is no doubt looking towards the future with the world’s first 1TB smartphone storage chip, as mobile devices continue to make great strides as far as content production and consumption are concerned.
It’s wise to be prepared for further advancements in fields like augmented reality and virtual reality as well, which may soon require storage capacity beyond what’s currently viewed as necessary in the high-end smartphone arena.
Then there’s the speed aspect, which Samsung has been continuously improving since launching the aforementioned first UFS solution. The 1TB eUFS package is not physically larger than its 512GB predecessor, but it does manage to be significantly faster, supporting sequential read and write speeds of 1000 MB/s and 260 MB/s respectively.
That’s up from 350 MB/s and 150 MB/s just a few years back, which means you’ll soon be able to transfer large amounts of multimedia content at unprecedented velocity.
Galaxy S10 or Note 10?
Even though rumors of a mind-boggling Galaxy S10 configuration with incredible amounts of memory and storage in tow have been around for several months, we’re here to temper your excitement and expectations.
We truly hate to burst your bubble, but it’s highly unlikely that Samsung will make it to market in March or April with a component that’s barely kicked off mass manufacturing. Let’s say there’s an outside chance the 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 variant or the company’s first commercial foldable device will get 1TB internal storage in limited numbers, but we wouldn't hold our breath.
This is obviously just a guess, although history can be a very reliable indicator of these things. Case in point, the aforementioned “terabyte ready” Galaxy Note 9, which was released a full nine months after Samsung’s 512GB UFS production start announcement. Bottom line, you have one more reason to be excited about the Galaxy Note 10.
What will it cost?
In short, a lot. In long, a whole lot. After all, the Galaxy Note 9 starts at a fairly extravagant $999 with a “modest” 128 gigs of local digital hoarding room, which goes all the way up to $1,250 in a 512GB configuration.
Assuming the same premium will apply, it’s reasonable to expect a 1TB Galaxy Note 10 officially priced at a whopping $1,500 or so. Then again, the Note 9 is slightly more expensive than the Note 8 back at launch, so it’s possible the Note 10 will be even costlier.
You also have to consider the gap between 512GB and 1TB is much larger than the 128 to 512 gigs difference, so judging strictly from a per-gig standpoint, Samsung may need to go quite a bit higher than $1,500 to maintain its profit margins.
On the bright side, flash storage parts have become cheaper to produce in recent years, so at least in theory, Samsung could keep the price of the 1 terabyte Galaxy Note 10 around the “reasonable” $1,500 level.