Today, Samsung finally releases the fifth generation of DRAM technology on smartphones, the LPDDR5. However, it’s different than the chip to be used inside the Xiaomi Mi 10 which is made by Micron (with the same process of course). After two years of being in the market, LPDDR4x which first debuted in Redmi Note 5 Pro, is going to get replaced by LPDDR5 this 2020. Well, we do know that the next generation is always better than the previous one but the question is: How much is it better than the other two generations? Let’s find out in this LPDDR5 vs LPDDR4x vs LPDDR4 comparison:
The comparison is between the generations developed by Samsung only.
LPDDR5 released date was 19 February 2019. On July 18, 2019, and Samsungwas the first manufacturer to start production, starting with 12GB capacity DRAM for smartphones. Though the prototype was announced much earlier in July 2018.
LPDDR4x was released on 6 September 2016 by Samsung. Later on, SK Hynix announced 8 and 6 GB LPDDR4X RAMs on 9 January 2017.
Last but not the least, LPDDR4 debuted on 14 March 2012 by JEDEC. Later on, on 30 December 2013, Samsung declared the first 20 nm-class 1GB RAM production.
LPDDR5 vs LPDDR4x vs LPDDR4 – Performance Comparison
The new LPDDR5 is around 1.5xfaster than the LPDDR4x in terms of data transfer. The transfer speed of the LPDDR5 is 51.2Gbps and a pin speed of 6,400Mbps.
The improved fourth generation ‘LPDDR4x’ is 15% faster in terms of performance than its ancestor ‘LPDDR4’, thanks to the latest 1x nm process technology. However, we do have some LPDDR4x RAMs such as the K4F2E3S4HA-GFCL which have the same speed as LPDDR4x, which is 4,266 Mbps.
Finally, the original LPDDR is the lowest of them. Being 1.2x faster than the previous LPDDR3 generation, it’s almost 1.5x and 1.7x slower than the latest generation. Like said, the older models have a speed of 3733 Mbps, however, the latest one has speed (4,266 Mbps) equivalent to that of the LPDDR4x.
So the fifth generation is much ahead and has significantly improved (1.5x instead of 1.2x) from the previous generation.
3733 – 4,266 Mbps
LPDDR5 vs LPDDR4x vs LPDDR4 – Power Efficiency Comparison
LPDDR5 with the new power-saving advancements including DVFS, Deep Sleep Mode, DQ Copy, and WriteX has a power reduction of up to 45% when compared to the previous generation. With an operating voltage of between 0.5V and 1.05V, device batteries last all day.
LPDDR4x is 17% power efficient when compared to the original fourth generation. It operates between 0.6V, 1.1V, and 1.8V.
Last but not least, the LPDDR4 consumes 37% less power compared to the LPDDR3. It’s operating voltage is 1.8/ 1.1 / 1.1 V.
LPDDR5 vs LPDDR4x vs LPDDR4 – Memory Capacity Comparison
Continuing the LPDDR5 vs LPDDR4x vs LPDDR4 RAM comparison, when it comes to smartphones, LPDDR4 has a maximum memory of 8GB in Asus Phone AR in 2016. Then came the LPDDR4x which has 12GB of maximum memory first introduced in Lenovo Z5 Pro.
The LPDDR5 starts with the memory of 12GB. Though even 4 and 6GB of RAM is sufficient in smartphones, however, if the trend of using huge memory continues, we might see phones with 16GB RAM as well.
On the computer level, the LPDDR4 has a maximum memory capacity of 32GB, LPDDR4x has up to 96GB, and currently, we have K3LK2K20BM-BGCN as the only model for the LPDDR5 which has 48GB of memory. It is expected that the fifth generation will surpass the 100GB memory mark.
LPDDR5 vs LPDDR4x vs LPDDR4 – Architecture Comparison
Both LPDDR5 and LPDDR4x are based on 64x architecture. LPDDR4x does have some models which run on 86x. However, LPDDR4 runs on 86x architecture because of the time it was released. Since the 86x architecture is almost out, we should assume that LPDDR4 has no use now.
LPDDR5 vs LPDDR4x vs LPDDR4 – Price Comparison
As its 2020, almost all smartphones have been replaced with LPDDR4x. However, soon, LPDDR5 will replace the LPDDR4x (in around 2 to 3 years). Currently, LPDDR4x is the cheapest one thanks to its availability and compatibility with 64x architecture. LPDDR5 is expensive at the moment and the availability is a problem. As for 2020, we will see the LPDDR5 in flagship phones only.
LPDDR5 is definitely the overall winner the credit goes to its features such as DVFS, Deep Sleep Mode, DQ Copy, and WriteX offering up to 45% improvement in power consumption and 1.5x speed of 6,400Mbps. It’s expensive and is currently featured in flagship phones, however, at the end of 2020, we might see it in the mid-end phones and in 2021 ultimately in low-end smartphones.
Overall Winner: LPDDR5
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