The Korean company announced Tuesday that it's started mass producing 1-terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS), doubling its previous generation of smartphone storage while maintaining the same footprint - an innovation Samsung has claimed is an industry first.
Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics, explained "The 1TB eUFS is expected to play a critical role in bringing a more notebook-like user experience to the next generation of mobile devices".
Previously, while there were a handful of phones with 1TB of storage like the relatively unknown $1,400 Smartisan R1, the price and difficulty sourcing the parts to put that much storage in the phone made such devices incredibly niche. Samsung says that the new 1TB UFS storage is powered by its own 5th-gen V-NAND and offers "20x more storage than a 64GB internal memory and 10x the speed of a typical microSD card or data-intensive applications".
Samsung's 1TB eUFS 2.1 chip comes just four years after the company launched its first 128GB eUFS solution. It'll be incredibly useful if you use your phone to take tons of photos and HD videos - Samsung says it's enough to store 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD.
Samsung said its 1TB flash storage will also support file transfer speeds of up to 1GB/s.
The 1TB eUFS chip has the same package size as the 512GB version launched in 2017. Meanwhile, random writes "are 500 times faster than a high-performance microSD card (100 IOPS), coming in at up to 50,000 IOPS", asserts Samsung. Although they were relatively fast at the time, read and write speeds have more than doubled since then.