Samsung already paving the way for smartphones with 6GB of RAM

Samsung's new 6GB RAM chip is coming soon to a smartphone near you. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s new 6GB RAM chip is coming soon to a smartphone near you. Photo: Samsung

Samsung has begun mass producing new memory modules for mobile devices with a whopping 6GB of RAM. The new chips are up to twice as fast as the DDR4 DRAM employed by modern desktop PCs, and 20 percent more energy efficient than previous Samsung RAM modules.

Smartphone makers this year began introducing flagship devices with 4GB of RAM, and while that seems slightly excessive right now, it means today’s devices will deliver smoother performance for longer than those with 2GB or 3GB of RAM.

But Samsung isn’t content with leaving it there. The South Korean company today unveiled the industry’s first 12-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 DRAM module, which allows for 3GB or 6GB of DRAM in a single package using two or four chips respectively.

In other words, Samsung’s new technology allows for 6GB of 12Gb DRAM in a package the size of today’s 3GB RAM modules with 6Gb chips.

Samsung has hinted that its next-generation flagships will take advantage of its new 6GB chips, and while we expect other manufacturers to take advantage of them, too, it’s unlikely we’ll see them until next year.

Meanwhile, Apple is expected to announce new iPhones today that will boast 2GB of RAM, which is twice as much as that offered in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.