This week, Samsung announced that mass production is starting on its 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM, although it’s unlikely that we’ll see the chip in the Galaxy Note 10.
It’s the first chip of its kind in the industry and will be showing up in handsets pretty soon, but given that the Note 10 is probably going to be running on the Snapdragon 855 or 855 plus — neither of which support LPDDR5 RAM — we don’t think it’ll be a feature of the company’s upcoming flagship phone.
While the Exynos 9825 processor, used outside of the US, does support LPDDR5 RAM, it would be a questionable decision for Samsung to make to exclusive incorporate the chip into handsets available outside of America. It’s possible, but we’re thinking it’s a no.
That means we won’t see the chip pop up in a Samsung phone until next year’s offering at the earliest.
The 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM has been “optimised for enabling 5G and AI features” for future smartphones.
“With mass production of the 12Gb LPDDR5 built on Samsung’s latest second-generation 10-nanometer (nm) class process, we are thrilled to be supporting the timely launch of 5G flagship smartphones for our customers worldwide,” said Samsung’s Jung-bae Lee.
The new mobile DRAM will allow for UHD video recording and will allow manufacturers to squeeze more battery life out of their phones. Samsung added that it will be developing a 16Gb LPDDR5 next year “to solidify its competitive edge in the global memory market.” [Samsung via PC World]
This post originally appeared on Gizmodo UK, which is gobbling up the news in a different timezone.