What is UFS 3.0? The new hyper-fast smartphone storage tech explained

A new flash storage standard for a wide range of devices could double current data transfer speeds on phones and beyond.

UFS 3.0, designed for hardware like smartphones, Chromebooks, cars and VR, has twice the bandwidth of the current UFS 2.1 standard.

The updated Universal Flat Storage standard will allow mind-blowing data transfer speeds of up to 23.2Gbps (11.6Gbps in two lanes).

Unveiled by standards body JEDEC, UFS 3.0 lowers power consumption and will make flash storage more reliable at a greater range of temperatures.

UFS originated as a way for smartphones to match the data transfer speeds of desktop PC SSDs and Samsung is among the firms who have embraced the tech.

In a press release, the standards group explains: “UFS is a high-performance interface designed for use in applications where power consumption needs to be minimized, including mobile systems such as smart phones and tablets as well as automotive applications. Its high-speed serial interface and optimized protocol enable significant improvements in throughput and system performance.”

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So what does this news mean for smartphone users? Well should this hardware make it into next-generation devices, capturing 4K and even 8K video should be possible without troubling the handset too much.Volume 0%00:0020:48 

Now it’s up to smartphone manufacturers to adopt the new standard. It may take a few years for UFS 3.0 to make it into handsets, by which time a whole number of new use-cases may have emerged.

The potential within the automotive industry is also interesting, given how tech-centric our cars are becoming.

JEDEC adds: “UFS 3.0 includes two features introduced specifically for the automotive market: the ability to function at an extended temperature range and refresh operation.”

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