Chip makers release new smartphone processors every year that are designed to bring faster speeds and additional features to mobile devices. But storage updates come less frequently.

A few years ago phone makers largely made the move from eMMC to UFS storage for high-end phones, with most current flagships using UFS 2.1 storage offering theoretical top read speeds that are up to three times faster than eMMC 5.1 storage.

Now Samsung says it’s getting ready to make the move to UFS 3.0, which could be up to twice as fast as UFS 2.1.

The UFC 3.0 specification was published earlier this year and offers theoretical top data transfer rates of up to 11.6 Gbps per lane for up to 23.2 Gbps of peak performance in solution with 2 lanes.

It also supports low power consumption and support for newer NAND flash storage technologies including 3D NAND, which should enable higher storage densities.

Android Central reports that Samsung announced we’ll start to see Samsung UFS 3.0 storage in the first half of 2019, with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB options available. Micron, meanwhile, is already working on 1TB UFS 3.0 storage for mobile devices and says it will be available by 2021.


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5 replies on “UFS 3.0 storage coming to smartphones in 2019”

  1. For the 1tb, I would only buy such a device if there is a guarantee of 5 years security patches and the option to access the storage at usb3 speed when connected to the pc. That way, it can replace the need for usb flash drives.

    1. I was assuming from the sizes mentioned this would show up in microSD cards, not phone internal memory.

      1. Phones have much wider profit margins…it’s like the UFS 2.0 scenario over again.

        1. I no longer follow flagship devices, because I think they’re a waste of money. How many come with 256 or 512GB of internal memory?

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