An Apple-designed A10 chip that will power the next iPhone should be outfitted with 3GB of RAM on the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus model, according to previous analyst reports from TrendForce, Deutsche Bank and KGI Securities. DigiTimes has now corroborated these rumors, noting that the mobile DRAM capacity of the next-generation iPhone is “expected to increase to 3GB from 2GB previously”.
Major mobile DRAM vendors like Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology saw production cuts in the first and second quarters, resulting in tight supply of commodity DRAM chips and higher prices.
But the iPhone 7 and other upcoming smartphones with increasing RAM capacity should help ramp up demand for memory products in the third quarter.
Sources expect that upcoming Android flagships will increase RAM to 6GB from 4GB.
Prices of flash storage chips are also bound to increase, buoyed by rising demand, “particularly from the next-generation iPhone devices,” reads the report.
The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 is expected to include 2GB of RAM, like the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE. The increased RAM capacity on the iPhone 7 Plus will be used to meet image processing requirements of the handset’s dual-lens camera on the back, as per to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in May.
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