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Samsung making 256GB flash memory chips for smartphones

Smartphone specs have been catching up to personal computers for some time.

Now, Samsung has announced a 256GB embedded memory chip which is set to bring smartphones even closer to replacing your laptop.

The company says it has started mass production of the new chips which are based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard.

According to Samsung, the new flash storage is twice as fast as the previous generation of UFS memory.

Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 6

That means your next phone won’t just be able to match most computers in terms of storage capacity, it will also have extremely fast read and write speeds.

The memory chips also have a read speed twice as fast as typical SATA-based SSD, at 850MB/s, although the write speed is lower at 250MB/s.

Samsung says that the memory will allow for ‘seamless Ultra HD video playback’, and when combined with USB 3.0 tech, will mean much faster data transfer between devices.

What’s more, the new chips are even smaller than external micoSD cards, making them easy to integrate into smartphone designs.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Although some current smartphones allow for expandable memory with a MicroSD port, internal UFS memory will perform much better than expandable storage options.

Seeing as Apple uses Samsung as a major supplier of phone components, this could mean the iPhone 7 will feature the new memory chip, although that has by no means been confirmed.

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Samsung says it will increase production of the new chips in line with demand.

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