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Samsung quietly removes mention of UFS 2.1 storage from Galaxy S8’s specifications

Samsung always relies on multiple component vendors for its flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature either the Snapdragon 835 processor or the Exynos 8895 chipset, depending on the market. The company also uses camera sensors from two vendors: Sony and System LSI. However, it appears that the company might also be using two types of storage solutions for its latest flagship smartphones.

Even though Samsung advertised that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature faster UFS 2.1 storage chips, the company is also using UFS 2.0 storage in some variants. According to a new report from XDA Developers, Samsung might be using Toshiba’s relatively slower UFS 2.0 storage chip in the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy S8. Moreover, the company has quietly removed the mention of UFS 2.1 storage from its official specs list.

In day-to-day usage, you’re unlikely to notice the performance difference between UFS 2.1 and UFS 2.0 chips. However, if you still want to check the type of storage chip that is used in your Galaxy S8 or S8+, you can install a terminal emulator (like this one) and then enter the command: cat /proc/scsi/scsi and hit enter to see the specific model number. We’ve mentioned the chip model numbers in the list below.

  1. Samsung UFS 2.1 (KLUCG4J1ED-B0C1): Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Exynos variants)
  2. Toshiba UFS 2.1 (THGAF4G9N4LBAIRA or THGAF4G9N4LBAIRB): Galaxy S8+ (Snapdragon variant)
  3. Toshiba UFS 2.0 (THGBF7G9L4LBATRA or THGBF7G9L4LBATRC): Galaxy S8 (Snapdragon variant)

The sequential read speed of a UFS 2.1 chip could be somewhere around 800MB/s, while UFS 2.0 chips have read speeds of around 500MB/s. However, that may not be an accurate way to gauge real-life performance. Which storage chip does your Galaxy S8 or S8+ use?

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Samsung Galaxy S8 UFS 2.1 Storage Spec List

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Samsung Galaxy S8 UFS 2.0 Storage Spec List

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J B.
J B.

Toshiba UFS 2.1 for me

Horus Osiris
Horus Osiris

Exynos rules

HomerS66
HomerS66

There is also Toshiba UFS 2.1 variants in the S8+ Snapdragon version.

– Exynos 8895 all come with UFS 2.1 and have better batterylife than S835

-Snapdragon 835 opens games faster than Exynos 8895 and comes with more drivers (?) so that also emulators run well like dolphin emulator which runs very well on S835 and very badly on Exynos 8895, even tho the Mali G71 MP20 should be slightly faster than Adreno 540.

Can Sammobile investigate about this driver thing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm3svNL1Ywg

harinsheth
harinsheth

Ya i saw same issue in other video with mali gpu
Hope they fix via OTA or i wont buy s8 anyday coz i am gamer

coupefx
coupefx

…hmm…i have ufs 2.1 with speeds around 780MB/s.
I understand that in practice there is no difference with performance of the phone(there will be a difference if you are treating very large files),but it is not ok to advertising one thing and not offering this to all buyers.But I looked on internet about other manufacturers…and I discovered,that huawei used even eMMC 5.1 in their flagship P10 and mate9, when advertising says UFS 2.1.
There is a little or no difference between UFS 2.0 vs 2.1 in real life performance.But using eMMC 5.1 there is a HUGE difference in performance of the phone.So…

popetillox
popetillox

my Exynos S8+ has the Samsung UFS 2.1 chip 800 mbs (vs 500 mbs in 2.0)

Andrei603
Andrei603

My Galaxy S6 have 64 GB,UFS 2.0, like S8 with Snapdragon…

deardevil
deardevil

mine is 2.1 . This is one of the things that makes me want to pre order always the phone.because usually the first units came with the components they announced. in my S7 edge i preorder as well and i did get the Camera sony sensor as well.

zippsoftware
zippsoftware

You should blame Qualcomm for all this.
Ever wondered why Samsung cannot sell its own hardware in US?

warlockba
warlockba

Because Samsung does not have its own modem for US bands, and they would have to add an external modem for it which costs a maximum of 10-ish $ (although I assume it is more like 2-3-ish $), which would cut into their profit margin (phone costs arround 430$ to make, the rest up to 799$/899$ is profit), so they just go cheaper. The same they do in Europe. Imagine they sell 1 million units, which brings 10 euros less, some boss / investor would have a bonus payout of 10 million less … poor fella. Only at home (Korea… Read more »

billywongwashere
billywongwashere

only the Snapdragon varient may have the slower memory? Ah o m lucky with the international version to have the fast memory

TheSparda
TheSparda

Screw samsung. No 6GB RAM (SD835 STILL has RAM management issues) and now no UFS 2.1 for the one I have. I am selling mine to wait for the 10th anniversary iphone edition or whatever it is going to be called. See ya, sammy….

billywongwashere
billywongwashere

Question is that if you were having information any issues with the phone? I personally have enjoyed it so far and no reason to upgrade yet

deardevil
deardevil

so you gonna sell the best phone in the market,because you want an iphone that you dont even know what brings,and how is it. LOLOL thats some logic right there.hahaa

amandeep.nandha086
amandeep.nandha086

Mine is coming samsung model: klubg4g1bd-e0b1.why its not listed in the article

mweinbach
mweinbach

Mine is UFS 2.0 I am kinda annoyed but it is still VERY fast.

stondec
stondec

Mine’s the USF 2.0 and this S8 is the fastest Android phone I’ve ever used.

NotReallySamsungFan
NotReallySamsungFan

Such a shitty thing to do. Even with delays it seems they couldn’t wait a little bit longer to meet expectations.

xdamm
xdamm

Glad to report my Exynos S8 has the Samsung UFS 2.1 chip and performance has indeed been incredible.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I mentioned this before! The UK version was listed as 2.0 with Bluetooth 4.2! But they later told me it was actually 2.1 and 5.0

ANDROIDrouen
ANDROIDrouen

That’s shame for Samsung. When you pay this price you want the best.

wpbogdan
wpbogdan

And you do get the best*
*Unless you’re an americunt

cooldato
cooldato

:DDDDDDDDDDD

ANDROIDrouen
ANDROIDrouen

I don’t care, i have the 6gb Ram, with Exynos, and, of course, ufs 2.1
Fast as hell.

Dadee71
Dadee71

Wow, what a jerk