Samsung Galaxy S6 Expected To Feature Next Gen Flash Memory

Last week, the first rumors regarding the fabled Samsung Galaxy S6 have surfaced, suggesting that the handset – which is currently codenamed “Project Zero” – will be built from the ground-up. We also came across rumors indicating that the SGS6 may feature a dual-edged display, taking the concept behind the Galaxy Note Edge one step forward.

Today we make a full circle and refocus our attention on Samsung’s upcoming flagship phone, as a new report from the company’s homeland suggests that the Galaxy S6 will make use of the next-gen flash memory. Keep on scrolling for more details.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Expected to Feature Next-Gen Flash Memory

According to a new report from Korea, Samsung will start using UFS (short for Universal Flash Storage) on the upcoming Galaxy S6. UFS is a next-gen NAND Flash memory that combines a high-speed solid state drive (SSD) and a low-power eMMC to achieve higher transfer speeds and lower energy requirements. While eMMCs can transfer data at speeds of 400 MB per second, UFS can achieve transfer speeds of 1.2 GB/s. As for power consumption, in theory UFS should require almost half the energy consumed by eMMC 5.0.

It’s quite interesting to note that these reports have popped -up hot on heels of the latest Apple NAND Flash conundrum. Throughout these past several weeks there have been numerous reports from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users in regards to their phones bricking – an issue that has been identified to have its roots in the cheaper TLC NAND Flash memory used by the company in (some of) the 64 and 128 GB versions of its latest flagship phones. The same NAND Flash caused issues with a couple of Samsung SSDs as well, but the Korean tech giant is expected to fix them with an upcoming firmware update.

Needless to say, these mishaps may have persuaded smartphone manufacturers into not taking certain unnecessary shortcuts for the sake of lowering the production costs (or increasing profits). Xiaomi is also reported to plan on using UFS Flash memory next year, which may further persuade other companies to do the same.