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Samsung bumping up internal storage to 128GB

Just when smartphone users thought it couldn’t get any better than the 64GB of integrated storage offered by the new iPhone 5, it appears that storage capacity on next generation devices is set to blow this figure out of the water.

Samsung’s semiconductor arm has confirmed that it has begun production of 128GB memory modules for the next wave of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

128GB of storage would be four times more than the top end of capacity offered by devices including the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Optimus from LG.

At the moment the most smartphone and tablet fans can hope for is the addition of a microSD card slot, which is some cases can double storage capacity.

While many will welcome the news that the boundaries for storage are being pushed further and further, others may question whether 100GB or more is really needed.

The case for 128GB storage

According to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at analyst IDC, users who want the ability to use cameras and shoot videos at higher resolution will be main driver behind increased storage capacity.

A larger amount of integrated storage would also remove the need for a card slot, meaning that smartphones will be able to sport even smaller dimensions.

According to Samsung, the new 128GB eMMC (embedded MultiMediaCard) Pro Class 1500 memory is five times faster than Class-10 rated external memory card, reading data sequentially at up to 140 megabytes per second and writing it at up to 50 megabytes per second.

The case against 128GB storage

Malik Saadi, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, argues that while the 64GB model makes commercial sense for Apple’s new iPhone 5, as the margins are high, some retailers will find it difficult to justify adding a 128GB model to the range.

Only 4% of phones sold next year are set to come with 64GB of built-in storage. This low uptake, alongside the prevalence of Cloud software, could mean that 128GB storage could be slow to get off the ground.

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