Smartphones have come a long way, from the earliest phones that looked and weighed almost like bricks and had weird antennas to today’s smartphones with sleek, beautiful casings and shapes.
It’s not just the form factor or appearance factor that’s changed almost everything about these devices, because it’s changed dramatically.
Today’s flagship smartphones feature foldable displays, triple and quad cameras, 144Hz refresh rates and 5G support. Even mid-level to entry-level smartphones have touchscreens, great battery life, and dual to triple cameras. These smart devices have become more than just tools to keep in touch with others. They enrich our lives and reshape the world; after all, no other device in history has combined nearly all elements of mass media.
Storage – an unsung innovation
Network speed, pixel count, camera quality, and battery size are often used as benchmarks for smartphone performance and quality. However, the memory that drives and affects the form factor and speed of these devices is often overlooked. This little-known innovation—storage—is critical for handset vendors to deliver the latest innovations.
India is the third largest 5G smartphone market in the world, accounting for 7% of global 5G shipments, with 10 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2021. In other words, this means that the amount of data generated by mobile phones will also grow exponentially, which will require larger and faster storage solutions that capture data at the speed it is created and process it at the speed it is streamed or used. deal with.
It’s not just about speed. Over time, smartphones have become the device of choice for work, entertainment, gaming, shopping, banking, video recording and many other such needs. It has become a personal assistant. Therefore, it needs to store large amounts of data reliably. So, as mobile phones have advanced, memory has had to evolve as well.
The evolution of mobile storage
Most of the time, removable storage is taken for granted. But think about what a smartphone without memory would look like.
Just like smartphones, storage has undergone an impressive evolution. The first embedded storage solution was the Mobile Disk-on-Chip (mDOC) developed by Western Digital2. Later in 2007, the first embedded memory standard, e.MMC, was introduced at the same time as the first smartphones, as it offered the higher speed and capacity that smartphones demanded because they were loaded with more features.
As smartphones rapidly evolve and become more powerful and feature-rich, they need storage solutions that are more responsive and faster. Combined with 4G, it proved to be a game-changer for smartphone use cases and brought India into the app economy.
Good internet speeds also provide the necessary boost to mobile gaming in the country. Today, gambling is a sizable market in India, worth $1.5 billion. It is expected to triple to over $5 billion by 2025 due to the mobile-first phenomenon3.
Therefore, there is a need for a storage solution that meets the current needs of smartphones. Western Digital recently released the iNAND® MC EU551, its second-generation UFS 3.1 storage solution for mobile phones. It meets the requirements of the latest versions of today’s smartphones, such as download speeds for mixed workloads, rich media such as 8K, and faster app launches and uploads.
Consumers have embraced smartphone advancements with great excitement and continue to look forward to what this smart device will offer for the foreseeable future. As 5G becomes a reality, smartphone use has the potential to grow further, just as it did in the 4G era.
No matter what changes we see in smartphones, storage will continue to evolve and continue to play an important role.