Samsung had recently introduced the world’s first removable UFS (Universal Flash Storage) cards that offer blazing SATA SSD-like performance. Of course many would have imagined incompatibility issues that are often associated with new formats. Will Samsung abandon the good old MicroSD for good?
The folks at Droid-Life had reached out to Samsung and it looks like there’s nothing to worry about. While UFS cards won’t fit on existing microSD slots, Samsung had developed a socket design that will support both UFS and microSD cards.
In short, if Samsung ever introduces a smartphone with UFS card support, you can still use your existing MicroSD cards. On top of that, they are working with various partners in the industry to make this a standard for future devices.
Once UFS cards hit the shelves, you can expect a premium price tag compared to microSD. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since it offers 5X read speeds up to 530MB/s and write speeds up to 170MB/s. In real life usage, reading a 5GB Full HD movie file takes just 10 seconds on UFS compared to 50 seconds on a UHS-1 microSD card. For writing speeds, it takes under 7 seconds to shoot 24 large JPEG (1,120MB) photos on a professional DSLR versus 32 seconds with a UHS-1 microSD.
There’s a chance that Samsung might introduce UFS expandable storage on the upcoming Galaxy Note7. If they do, you can rest assured that it will still support your current microSD cards.
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