While we’re waiting for most flagships to get off the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB trends, Samsung is already looking to bring mid-range devices up to the new 128GB standard. The company has announced the development of a new 128GB NAND flash module based on 3-bit eMMC 5.0.
It’s a low-cost, low-power technology that delivers a level of performance acceptable for mobile devices without sucking your battery dry. This is opposed to the advanced UFS 2.0-based NAND flash found inside the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Samsung’s intentions for this stick to hit mid-range might not make much of a difference in terms of actual availability. They might use it in a few of their own mid-range options down the line, but if this module is more expensive for an OEM than, say, a traditional 16GB or 32GB option then they’re likely to go with that to keep costs as low as they can. It’s cool that it’s here, though, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it makes its way into some decent smartphones once Samsung begins sampling.