We live in the new world with better access to the web and handheld smart devices, and the effect is that cheaper online storage is now customary. That said, some people still need physical storage. For instance, many consumers still pay Apple Inc. more so they can have more storage from the get-go in their iPhone.
So not surprisingly, Samsung Electronics, one of the top rivals of the Cupertino-based phone giant, is launching a brand new product that will likely kill the MicroSD card. It is called UFS or the Universal Flash Storage card with capacity starting from 32GB to up to 256GB which I think is a bit overkill (unless you store a lot of HD movies and videos in your phone).
Apparently, it is Samsung’s way of saying that MicroSD is now ‘so yesterday’ and we need to move forward to have better life with our precious devices.
UFS, according to a report from The Verge, is offering performance speeds that make MicroSD card slot obsolete.
Compared to the MicroSD, the UFS has sequential read speeds of up to 530 megabytes per second, and that is five times faster than its ‘predecessor’ card type. Samsung gave an example: with UFS, reading a 5GB full HD movie will take roughly 10 seconds; compare that to the UHS-1 microSD’s average performance of 50 seconds with the same file size.
In addition, write speeds are also improved with its rates up reaching 170 MB per second. That is again much better than MicroSD’s.
Here’s the downside, no product available in the market supports UFS, although it is safe to announce that Samsung’s next Galaxy phone will offer such slot, and it will be a win-win for the Korean tech giant.