New DRAM chip gives phones more memory than laptops

Today, Samsung’s announced a smartphone DRAM chip — the
LPDDR4X . It’s said to be the highest-capacity DRAM chip ever.

Samsung claims the 12 GB LPDDR4X will give premium smartphones more memory than the typical laptop. What qualifies a smartphone as premium? They’re smartphones with more complex multi-camera devices and folding smartphones with high-resolution screens.

“With more smartphones adopting more features, Samsung has seen increasing demand for higher-capacity DRAM chips from phone makers,” said Samsung.

More room means more battery life

With the LPDDR4X, 12GB of RAM will take up much less space, meaning there will be more room for larger batteries, 5G chips, and more cameras — which is always a good thing. While the card’s speed is the same as the LPDDR4 RAM, which runs at 4,266 MB/s, it still takes less energy to do so. Samsung says smartphones use up to 10 percent less power with the LPDDR4X.

Will the LPDDR4X make a difference for video creators?

While this is a big step forward, we aren’t sure how much this card will do for video creators. Sure, more RAM will make for fasters phones. You’ll probably be able to do multiple tasks without seeing a dip in performance quality. Despite the increase in speed, it will still probably struggle with extensive video editing. For instance, demanding tasks like recording 4K HDR video with stabilization will be demanding, even with 12GB of RAM.

Still, it will be an improvement over Samsung’s 8GB and the 12GB 10-nanometer chips.

“With the LPDDR4X, we’re strengthening our position as the premium mobile memory maker best positioned to accommodate rapidly growing demand from global smartphone manufacturers,” said Samsung VP Sewon Chun.

It’s likely that the card will be expensive, since it’s only going to be in Samsung’s top premium smartphones. It seems the chip is used in the latest Galaxy S10+ ceramic edition. Also it’s expected that the chip will appear in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 5G edition.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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