Samsung showed off its successor to the latest memorySD card, offering is a UFS 2.0 storage solution that will work with any device which has microSDXC support, but it offers the same lightning-fast storage experience as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7. In fact, the new cards are just as fast as SSD drives.
The specs on the removable storage look pretty impressive at first glance. With the capacities running 32- to 256GB, the slim little cards are focused on the increased storage/bandwidth needs of high-resolution capture devices like DSLRs, VR cameras and the like.
The card has the highest capacity in the market for an external memory card and also has a reading speed of 530MBps, equivalent to that of a 2.5-inch solid-state drive, the South Korean tech giant said.
The card is no slouch when it comes to write speeds, either. At 170 MB/s, it is almost twice as fast as top-end microSD cards, allowing a DSLR camera to save 24 pictures (around 1120MB) in less than 7 sec as opposed to 32 seconds. And its random write rate of 35,000 IOPS is a massive 350 times higher.
The point of these cards is to have a storage solution that can keep up with our increasingly HD world filled with high-end games and 4K video files. Samsung says that a 5GB full HD movie can be read on one of these new UFS cards in just 5 sec, while a standard UHS card would take over 50 seconds to complete a similar task. Samsung expects these to be a hit in devices like DSLRs, action cams, 3D VR cameras, and drones. But hey, they might be awesome in your (future) high-end Galaxy device as well.