OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has now confirmed that the OnePlus 7 Pro will feature UFS storage, which means it'll be faster compared to most phones in some respects.
Lau tweeted out confirmation just recently that the company's forthcoming flagship device will feature ultra-fast UFS 3.0 storage — and not just the OnePlus 7 Pro, but also the regular OnePlus 7 variant to launch alongside it.
"Yes, the OnePlus 7 Series will include UFS 3.0 to give you next level #fastandsmooth experience," Lau tweeted.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold and the 5G version of the Galaxy S10 were supposed to be the first phones to feature this new storage technology. But after several issues with its display, the Galaxy Fold had to be delayed. The 5G Galaxy S10, meanwhile, has yet to become available widely. That means OnePlus may just beat Samsung to the punch.
For the uninitiated, UFS 3.0 offers over twice the maximum theoretical bandwidth of its predecessor at 2.9 GB worth of transfers per second. Not only that, it also uses less power and is much quicker than UFS 2.1, which transfers only 1.2 GB of data per second. UFS 3.0 is also significantly faster than the old eMMC standard most people have had to put up with years. Some phones still come with eMMC, though, mostly midrange and budget models.
Why does one need fast storage and data transfers? Well, for starters, faster storage can substantially improve the "anecdotal feeling" of speed when using a phone, as Android Police notes. The OnePlus 3, for example, still performs quite fast even though it's ancient by current smartphone standards, and that's because the OnePlus 3 features UFS 2.0-based storage. The forthcoming OnePlus phones having UFS 3.0 means they'll stay snappy even as they're eventually outpaced by newer flagship devices.
OnePlus 7 And OnePlus 7 Pro Rumors
OnePlus is set to officially unveil its new phones on May 14, although lots of information about these handsets have either leaked already or been teased by its own CEO. Lau said the OnePlus 7 Pro will feature a "breakthrough" display, which could be referring to a screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, as others are predicting — it's hard to say how much of a breakthrough that is if true, especially since both the Razer Phone Asus ROG Phone already come with a similar screen.
The OnePlus 7 Pro will also have a triple-camera system, as teased recently, and company claims the phone will rival flagship-tier devices when it comes to mobile photography. Oddly, OnePlus isn't claiming any official IP rating, but demonstrated the phone's water resistance by dunking it in a bucket.
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