The successor to microSD.
Samsung has just announced a new successor to microSD: UFS (Universal Flash Storage). These new memory cards offer a faster read and write speed – how fast? Think about 530 MB/s fast. That could translate to a 10-second transfer for a file as big as 5 gigabytes. Write speeds also touch about 170 MB/s making it even faster than the fastest microSD cards.
The Samsung UFS cards are available in 32/64/128 and 256 GB variants. “Our new 256GB UFS card will provide an ideal user experience for digitally-minded consumers and lead the industry in establishing the most competitive memory card solution,” said Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering, Samsung Electronics “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.”
Price and available aren’t available at the moment, but a new standard would mean that companies must retrofit their own products to accommodate the new card. The success of UFS still relies on how fast the industry will adopt to it. Given that it’s a Samsung product, I wouldn’t be surprised if it started supporting UFS on its next generation smartphones.