Cheapest Samsung Galaxy S23 model to arrive with downgraded storage technology
As previously reported, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series is expected to come equipped with new storage and memory technology. While most of the phones in the lineup will feature LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage that guarantees top-of-the-line performance, it appears Samsung is set to gimp a particular SKU in the series.
According to leaker Ice Universe, all options of the Galaxy S23 series will sport LPDDR5X RAM and not the LPDDR5 memory used on the Galaxy S22 series. Similarly, UFS 4.0 storage is expected to be available across the lineup—with one notable exception. Reportedly, the base 128 GB model of the vanilla Galaxy S23 will be saddled with UFS 3.1 storage. While that's hardly a massive downgrade, it continues Samsung's recent trend of treating the vanilla models of its Galaxy S series as lower-class citizens of sorts. Previous iterations have had to deal with plastic backs and slower charging, for example.
In any case, it's important to note that the 256/512 GB models of the vanilla S23 look set to use UFS 4.0 storage like the rest of the lineup. The S23+ and S23 Ultra will not be available with 128 GB of storage, so this is likely a case of Samsung just choosing not to manufacture 128 GB UFS 4.0 modules at all. Supposedly, only Japanese manufacturer Kioxia currently produces 128 GB UFS 4.0 units, albeit with real-world performance hardly any better than Samsung's UFS 3.1 modules—hence this decision.
test performance, it still has not reached the normal level of UFS 4.0. There is no reason for Samsung’s flagshipphone to use the Kioxia chip. Even if it is used, the performance is not up to standard and it cannot be called UFS4.0, so it is reasonable to use UFS3.1 for 128GB.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 28, 2023