From the very first day, Samsung has advertised the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with the faster UFS 2.1 internal storage chips. However, it appears that Samsung is also using the previous UFS 2.0 chips in some variants of the device. A new report reveals that Samsung is likely using Toshiba’s UFS 2.0 chips which are obviously slower than the UFS 2.1 chips. Perhaps in a bid to avoid taking flak, it has quietly removed the mention of UFS 2.1 chips from the Galaxy S8’s official specs page.
Samsung has not yet issued an official statement on the matter. Perhaps it thought that quietly removing the mention to UFS 2.1 storage will help prevent the sort of backlash that Huawei has seen for using two different memory chips in the P10. Huawei has already apologized for the P10 memory chip controversy.
The report from XDA Developers concludes that Samsung could be using Toshiba’s UFS 2.0 memory chips in the Snapdragon 835-powered variants of the Galaxy S8. The average user is unlikely to even comprehend the difference in performance between the two storage chips.
Even though UFS 2.1 and UFS 2.0 chips have sequential read speeds of around 800MB/s and 500MB/s but that’s not really indicative of real world performance.
If you head over to Samsung’s official specs page right now you’ll find that it no longer mentions UFS 2.1 memory chips as it did before. The screenshot above clearly shows that Samsung has decided to remove the mention from this page.