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Cashify Explains: Types Of UFS Storage-Does It Makes any Difference?


Technological advancement is something that’s increasing at a lightning-fast speed. We just purchase the flagship phone of a company and just after a few days or months, a better smartphone with much better specs is released in the market. Universal Flash Storage (UFS) has improved a lot from the time it was first introduced. But who knows what else is there in the company’s mind and what amazing innovations we might see in the upcoming UFS chips. Here we Explain all the Different types of UFS storages and does it make any difference in Performance.

By Akhil Taneja - 
13th Aug 2020
Types Of UFS Storage

Highlights of the Story

  • UFS chips are better than eMMC as they have faster read and write speed.
  • Samsung was the first company to launch UFS chips in their smartphone.
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 was the first smartphone to introduce UFS 2.0.
  • Phones with UFS chips are good for mobile gamers.

For those who don’t know about Universal Flash Storage or simply UFS, let us tell you that it’s a memory storage chip for smartphones and digital cameras. Just like SSD cards provide better storage with amazing speed for PC and laptops, UFS cards provide powerful working for cell phones, digital cameras, and other consumer electronics.

It can easily be said that UFS is the future and your eMMCs and SD cards are going to become history soon. There’s even a rapid development in UFS chips from the time they were first introduced. That’s the reason there are a variety of UFS chips available in the market today. And if you are tech-savvy, then you will definitely be interested to know all types of UFS storage chips and major differences between them.

Advantage Of UFS Storage Over eMMC

Some people might be confused as to why they even need UFS storage over eMMC, right? Well, they should know that UFS is far better than eMMCs in almost every aspect. The user using a smartphone with UFS will be able to launch the apps on their phone much faster than the person using a phone with eMMC.

Mobile gaming is highly in trend these days and everyone is looking for a smartphone that works faster and better. Smartphones with UFS chips are perfect for mobile gamers as you are going to experience a drastic increase in the loading speed and decrease in unnecessary lag and ping. These problems were quite commonly faced in eMMC smartphones.

Speedy transfer of data is another reason why companies are shifting towards UFS. For Instance, if you compare the latest UFS 3.0 with the latest eMMC, UFS 3.0 gives a reading speed of 2100mb/s and a writing speed of 410mb/s. When you compare it to the latest eMMC 5.1, UFS has 6 x more reading speed.

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Different Types Of UFS Chips

UFS is not just one kind of chip that you need to have in your cell phone for better and fast working. They can further be divided into various types and based on these types, their working also differs a lot.

So let’s see what are the different types of UFS chips present and the market and how they vary from each other.

UFS 1.0

This was the first type of UFS that was launched in the market. It was first introduced on 24th february 2011. The manufacturer of UFS 1.0 was JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council), an independent semiconductor engineering trade organization in the USA. On 7th july 2016, Samsung launched their first UFS cards which was based on UFS 1.0. These cards were available in the storage capacity of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. The 256 GB version of the UFS 1.0 card provided the sequential reading speed of 530 MB/s and a sequential writing speed of 170 MB/s. While random reading speed of 40,000 IOPS and random writing speed of 35,000 IOPS.

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UFS 1.1

After the introduction of UFS 1.0 in 2011, JEDEC launched UFS 1.1, the following year. On 25th june 2012 UFS 1.1 was launched as an updated version of UFS 1.0.

UFS 2.0

On 18th September 2013, JEDEC launched UFS 2.0 which was obviously better than the previous UFS chips. With an increased bandwidth of 600 MB/s per lane, as compared to 300 MB/s per lane on UFS 1.0 and 1.1, UFS 2.0 is much faster and better. Instead of a single lane, UFS 2.0 has 2 lanes that provide the user with 1.2 GB/s for each data transfer direction. Samsung Galaxy S6 was the first in the market to have a UFS 2.0. After the success of both the phones, many other companies launched their smartphones with UFS 2.0 based internal storage.

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Some of the smartphones with UFS 2.0 internal storage are as follows. Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5, Xiaomi Mi 5, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, Le Pro 3, Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe, Huawei Mate 9, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, HTC U Ultra, and Sony Xperia XZ.

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