If it's not battery life or camera quality, there's always speed to look out for in smartphones. Samsung is going all out after claiming the best smartphone throne in 2019 with its superlative Galaxy S10 Plus, so of course they're pulling out all the stops with next year's S-series flagship, the Galaxy S11 Plus.
This time they have a weapon to defend that crown. Ice universe, Samsung leakster-in-chief, revealed that the South Korean company has just begun mass-production of the industry's first example of the next-gen memory; 12GB of LPDDR5 mobile DRAM.
According to Ice's commentary, Samsung began producing the 10nm-class 12GB LPDDR5 memory module in July 2019 and, as can be seen from the attached chart, this new DRAM offers a much faster 5,500Mb/s speed than the pre-existing LPDDR4X examples, or the LPDDR4 memory found in the Galaxy S10. That would translate as faster phone performance across the board.
With the Galaxy Note 10 set to come out next month, we can be sure that this LPDDR5 memory won't be making an appearance there. As mentioned earlier, it's likely to be used for the Galaxy S11 Plus as Ice universe mentions the memory is for "Premium Smartphones".
The fact that the Galaxy S11 Plus will be equipped with 12GB of LPDDR5 memory will definitely create concerns for Huawei. They would have an even tougher fight in their hands next year in preparing for its P40 Pro handset for war and regain their best smartphone throne. The Samsung Galaxy S11 is already looking set to be a winner, with its Picasso masterpiece-level design, a super poweful 64-megapixel camera, a next-gen 5nm chipset, and now 12GB of rapid LPDDR5 DRAM.
Still, with Huawei now apparently cleared once more to use the Android OS, though, we can definitely expect the smartphone maker to start a fierce counterattack on Samsung, starting with its Huawei Mate 30 series in October and then with its P40 series next March. All in all, it's definitely plenty for us consumers to look forward to.