Korean electronics giant Samsung has announced a new type of removable memory card in Universal Flash Storage (UFS) that will offer more than five times read speed and almost twice the writing performance of today’s microSD cards. The UFS cards will be available in storage capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. These new MicroSD cards will be ideally suited towards high-resolution professional devices such as DSLRs, 3D VR cameras, action cams, and for 4K movies as well as 3D gaming.
Samsung believes these MicroSD cards will help photographers and video-makers the most, as the faster read and write speeds will allow them to copy over multimedia files and get back to work in record time.
In terms of performance, the new Samsung cards can be read at 530MB/s, as opposed to 95MB/s offered by the best microSD cards available today. Samsung says the improvement brings it on par with a typical solid-state drive (SSD), and allows users to read a full-HD movie of 5GB in size in about 10 seconds where a microSD card would take 50 seconds.
For writing purposes, you get 170MB/s and hence almost doubling current top-end microSD cards that offer 90MB/s. Typical microSD cards used by most people in their smartphones offer 20MB/s write speeds, which means UFS cards are eight to nine times faster.
Currently, price of these memory cards are not revealed.