Samsung has announced the “Industry’s First 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM for 5G and AI-powered Mobile Applications.” Key to this technology is its use of 10nm technology in this smaller size. According to Samsung:
The 8Gb LPDDR5 boasts a data rate of up to 6,400 megabits per second (Mb/s), which is 1.5 times as fast as the mobile DRAM chips used in current flagship mobile devices (LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s). With the increased transfer rate, the new LPDDR5 can send 51.2 gigabytes (GB) of data, or approximately 14 full-HD video files (3.7GB each), in a second.
With other Android flagships starting to carry 8GB RAM as a ‘premium’ option, the 4GB and 6GB options available for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will need to be revisited. It’s an obvious assumption that the more expensive S10 and S10+ handsets will ship with more memory. These new chips offer many advantages to mobile devices.
The Galaxy S10, like every flagship S handset before it, will be advertised as being faster and more capable than previous handsets. A step up in RAM to 8GB will be easy to see in the user interface, but using the new 10nm technology will lead to better battery performance, faster read and write times, and more opportunities for machine learning and AI software to be deployed on the handset without a visible impact on performance.