Future iPhones May Include 256GB Flash Memory from Samsung


Samsung 256GB memory smartphones 2016 02 25 01

Samsung has today announced in an official press release that it is now mass producing the industry’s first 256GB embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, that features read speeds nearly twice that of typical SATA-based SSDs at 850MB/s (via Engadget). It won’t be wrong to predict that future iPhones, iPads and iPod devices will start offering storage options all the way up to 256GB.

“By providing high-density UFS memory that is nearly twice as fast as a SATA SSD for PCs, we will contribute to a paradigm shift within the mobile data storage market,” said Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President, Memory Sales and Marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We are determined to push the competitive edge in premium storage line-ups – OEM NVMe SSDs, external SSDs, and UFS – by moving aggressively to enhance performance and capacity in all three markets.”

The South Korean manufacturer claims that that the high 256GB capacity will make it possible to store weighty content like 4K movies and also transfer them faster due to the USB 3.0 interface. Furthermore, the new UFS memory is capable of supporting multitasking functionality on large-screen mobile devices, such as watching 4K Ultra HD movies on a split screen, while searching image files or downloading video clips.

Samsung says that it will increase the production volume of the new 256GB UFS in line with increases in global demand.


  • Dany Quirion

    They have to finally get rid of 16Gb

  • runner

    It took a few years after the 128gb flash became available for Apple to implement it.
    I highly doubt we will see 256gb for at least 2 or 3 years.

  • runner

    100%, it is ridiculous that the same 16GB baseline standard introduced in 2009 is still the baseline standard in 2016.

  • 16GB forever!

  • Tim

    The 16gb is a very strategic gouge. It forces people who can afford it into the 64gb range, and for all of those who can’t it leaves a means to still get them into the ecosystem. I could see a 256gb iphone plus series coming in at over $1500 by the time this happens.