Samsung has announced that it has completed development on the newest standard of RAM for smartphones. The LPDDR5 standard is said to be 50 percent faster than the current LPDDR4X standard, and allows data transfer speeds of 51.2GB/s. Samsung has developed the new standard with 8GB of memory, and it will be based on the 10nm fabrication process.
Smartphones in 2019 are likely to feature the new RAM standard. Currently, many flagship devices sport the LPDDR4X standard, while some affordable devices sport standards that are even older. While the explanation of how RAM works can get particularly technical, the simplest way to put it is that the newer standard will make phones faster with how they handle applications and smartphone functions. It will also improve performance across the board, increase energy efficiency and improve data transfer speeds on devices.
The first smartphones to sport the new RAM standard are likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S10 range, which will launch around February or March next year. Apart from LPDDR5 RAM, the phones could also feature new chipsets manufactured on the 7nm fabrication process, as well as the newer UFS 3.0 storage standard. All of these improvements will help in improving performance while improving power consumption. After Samsung’s flagship devices, other smartphones in 2019 are also likely to run on the new standard.
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Smartphones have gradually seen an increase in RAM, and even budget devices today sport 4GB of RAM. Flagship devices currently come with up to 8GB of RAM, which is the highest on smartphones for now. Smartphones are rumored to be coming with even more RAM this year, but the shift to LPDDR5 will be a far larger improvement in performance.