Samsung has announced the world’s first lineup of UFS (Universal Flash Storage) memory cards based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage 1.0 Card Extension Standard for mobile devices. The new cards will be available in 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB variants and have read speeds that trounce the MicroSD standard.
Samsung claims their new UFS cards have a read speed of up to 530 MB/s, being able to read 5GB of data in just 10 seconds. The write speeds on the other hand boasts speeds of up to 170 MB/s, nearly twice as fast as say a SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II card which is rated at 100 MB/s.
At first glance, the design of the new UFS cards seem similar to a MicroSD card and its front is mostly identical but its back is where the resemblance ends. The configuration of the pin connectors at the back of the UFS cards are totally different and is not compatible to MicroSD.
Prices and availability have yet to be announced but it is already evident how the new Universal Flash Storage standard will benefit the current uprising of drones, 360-degree cameras and high-resolution recordings on mobile devices.