What is UFS 3.0? And why is it a BIG deal?
OnePlus 7 Pro to be the first smartphone to sport UFS 3.0
Universal Flash Storage or UFS in short, has gone on to become a popular storage choice for OEMs while designing portable devices including smartphones and Chromebooks. After giving the memory standard a major update last year in the form of UFS 2.1, its standardizing authority, Solid State Technology Association (JEDEC), has now announced UFS 3.0. Alongside it, the governing body has also unveiled UFS card extension 1.1 standards.
The UFS 3.0 has been developed keeping in mind the need for portable computer systems. The new storage format not only delivers greater performance but also consumers much lower energy. UFS 3.0 is capable of dual channel bi-directional read and write speed with a bandwidth of 23.2 Gbps. This results in an effective speed of 2.9 GB/s. The increased read and write speed is all due to the presence of MIPI M-PHY HS-Gear4. Its single lane data carrying capacity is capped at 11.6 Gbps, thereby making it’s twice as faster as the older generation UFS 2.1.
The all-new UFS 3.0 brings along a few new features which have been developed keeping in mind the needs of the automotive market. JEDEC has revealed that its new storage format can now function at an extended temperate range of -40 C to 105 C. This will help increase the use of the new storage format in modern day cars that are now coming with a multimedia system featuring Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Additionally, the UFS 3.0 comes with a new refresh operation and error logging capability.
UFS works at combining the highest level of performance with quality, providing consumers with better overall user experience. Effectively, it ensures snappier booting and faster file transfer. UFS promises seamless multitasking that allows you to watch high-quality videos, play high bandwidth games, along with running multiple processes in the background. Users will also benefit from faster app loading times and smoother multi-tasking.
Just a few weeks back, Samsung had revealed that it would be the first to debut the UFS 3.0 format. The launch is expected to take place in the first quarter of this year, but it is highly unlikely that the new Galaxy S9 would come with the new memory format. It may end up debuting in one of Samsung’s Chromebooks or high-end notebooks.
Update (6th May 2019): The Samsung Galaxy Fold was supposed to be the first smartphone with UFS 3.0 storage. Unfortunately, the release of that phone got stalled and now, officially, the OnePlus 7 Pro will be the first phone with UFS 3.0.