Farewell MicroSD? Samsung Unveils First UFS Memory Cards

Samsung Universal Flash Storage UFS cards

A new wave of removable storage is coming: Samsung today unveiled the industry’s first Universal Flash Storage (UFS) cards.

Though they are the same size as the traditional microSD card, UFS promises read speeds up to five times faster—up to 530 megabytes per second—and write speeds twice as swift.

Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage capacities, Samsung’s UFS cards are aimed at high-resolution mobile shooting devices, like DSLRs, 3D virtual reality cameras, action cams, and drones. Samsung said its UFS cards can read a 5GB, full-HD movie in about 10 seconds, compared to 50 seconds on a typical UHS-1 microSD card with 95MB/s of sequential reading speed.

The cards “significantly reduces multimedia data downloading time, photo thumbnail loading time and buffer clearing time in burst shooting mode, which, collectively, can be particularly beneficial to DSLR camera users,” Samsung teased.

But, according to CNET, Samsung’s UFS cards are not compatible with existing devices that use microSD.

“By launching our new high-capacity, high-performance UFS card line-up, we are changing the growth paradigm of the memory card market to prioritize performance and user convenience above all,” Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president at Samsung, said in a statement.

Pricing and launch details were not announced.

  1. Reply Will G. 28.09.2016 at 13:11

    I hope that UFS memory cards last longer than SD`s. If so I don`t mind using them at all. I like new things to try and compare. The sooner they appear at the markets the better. Just tired of ever-crashing MicroSD.

  2. Reply T.M.86 28.09.2016 at 13:19

    Samsung invented something special again. On the one hand that`s good as it will give us more powerful memory cards. But on the other hand they say it`s not gonna work with our recent devices which means we will have to buy new ones and no one knows how much they are gonna cost… I assume they won`t be the cheapest ones… well okay, time will tell… Still that`s interesting.

  3. Reply Ted 28.09.2016 at 13:30

    I just can`t wait to get rid of my sd cards as they are nothing but rubbish. After every photo-set I have to worry if the data can be read or not as I`ve had so many issues on that. And I already started dreaming about 256 GB of storage. That sounds simply amazing as for me. Every photographer would love to have such a card, there`s no doubt about it. And I don`t care about the price really.

  4. Reply Kate 28.09.2016 at 22:01

    If it’s true what they say about new cards not being compatible with existing devices which use microSD it makes no sense launching them at all. Samsung are trying to reinvent the wheel.

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