Samsung Debuts 10nm LPDDR4 6GB DRAM, to Power Galaxy Note 6?

May 20, 2016 - Written By Cory McNutt

There have been many rumors swirling around the new Samsung Galaxy Note 6, which will be arriving, most likely, in August.  Samsung likes to differentiate between their Galaxy S series and their Note series by adding just a little more technology to the new Note device.  One such piece of technology is that the new Galaxy Note 6 may have their new 6GB RAM chip, based on the company’s 10-nanometer technology.  That rumor may have some validity to it after all, as Samsung revealed the chip yesterday in Shenzhen, China at the Mobile Solutions Forum held by Samsung.  The forum allows Samsung to share its latest technology and to show how they will continue to improve technology for the future.

One might question the need for 6GB of memory in a mobile wireless device – it was not long ago that 1GB was plenty, but then it increased steadily over the years to where if you have less than 4GB in your device, it is a reason for snickering.  The real advantage of Samsung’s new 6 GB 10-nanometer LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip is not so much the 6GB of RAM, but the 10-nanometer design.  It is extremely efficient when you compare it with the last generation of chip.  This chip means less heat and less drain on the battery – two things one tries to avoid in a smartphone that you hold in the palm of your hand.  Samsung’s CEO Choi for its semiconductor and display business said the following statement at the forum, “in the ever-changing mobile market, innovation is to promote the sustainable development of the same power. Samsung will through continuous technological innovation, to maintain differentiated products and services, leading China mobile market growth and leap.”

If this memory does find its way into the Galaxy Note 6, it will really help make it a beast of a phone.  The rumors have just a small jump in the QHD display size from 5.7-inches to 5.8-inches, and it will most likely be using the same 12MP camera from the Galaxy S7 series. Unless, by some miracle, the Snapdragon 823 processor makes its way into the Note 6, it seems very likely to have the same Snapdragon 820 found in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.  If Samsung includes a 64GB and 128GB model, that will make one believe there will be no microSD card in the Galaxy Note 6.  Having the 6GB of DDR4 RAM would add a significant boost to the Galaxy Note 6 and help numb the fact that most everything else comes from the Galaxy S7 series.