SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it has begun mass producing the world’s highest-capacity mobile dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip
optimized for its upcoming foldable smartphones.

The world’s largest handset and memory chipmaker said the new product packs an industry-first 12 gigabytes (GB) — a higher capacity than most ultra-thin laptops.

Samsung said the 12 GB mobile DRAM will maximize the functions of next-generation devices like foldable phones.

The company will release its first foldable device, the Galaxy Fold, in late April in the U.S. market at a price of $1,980. The 5G device will be available in South Korea in mid-May, according to company officials.

The Galaxy Fold has the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds like a book into a compact device with a separate 4.6-inch cover screen.

“For smartphone users, the 12GB DRAM enables more fluid multitasking and faster searches as they navigate through a myriad of apps on ultra-large high-resolution screens,” the company said in a release. “Also, the 1.1-millimeter thickness allows for even sleeker smartphone designs.”

Equipped with the company’s 12GB DRAM and 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) solution, Samsung’s foldable phone is expected to become one of the highest-spec smartphones this year.

The South Korean tech giant said it plans to more than triple the supply of 8GB and 12GB mobile DRAM in the second half of 2019 at its memory production line in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul.


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