Just over a year ago, Samsung kicked off production of its 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) chips which eventually found their way into the company's top-tier Galaxy Note9 smartphone. The handset was promoted as being "1TB ready" when the 512GB of onboard storage was combined with a similarly-sized microSD card but soon mobile devices may pack one whole terabyte of storage internally.
According to an announcement by the South Korean manufacturer, Samsung has now crossed this storage capacity threshold in an industry first for the UFS format. The 1TB storage chip was developed by "combining 16 stacked layers of Samsung's most advanced 512-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash memory and a newly developed proprietary controller". The new part is also no slouch in terms of performance, boasting up to 1,000MB/s in terms of sequential read speeds and up to 260MB/s in sequential write speeds.
With respect to the news, Samsung Electronics executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing, Cheol Choi, said:
"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. What’s more, Samsung is committed to assuring the most reliable supply chain and adequate production quantities to support the timely launches of upcoming flagship smartphones in accelerating growth of the global mobile market."
Of course, the question will be whether or not we will see a 1TB model of Samsung's forthcoming flagship phones for 2019 but, given the tail end of Choi's statement, there's perhaps a good indication that this could end up being the case.