Samsung has unveiled the world’s first Universal Flash Storage (UFS) cards.
Despite being the same size as regular MicroSD cards, UFS offers reads speeds five times as quick and write speeds nearly twice as fast.
The new flash storage cards are available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and have been designed for use with high resolution cameras such as DSLRs, drones, 360 cameras, action cams and 3D virtual reality cameras.
Samsung says the Universal Flash Storage cards can read a 5GB movie in full HD in less than 10 seconds, which is remarkably quick when you compare it to a regular UHS-1 MicroSD card, which would need about 50 seconds to read the same movie.
Samsung said the cards: “significantly reduces multimedia data downloading time, photo thumbnail loading time and buffer clearing time in burst shooting mode, which, collectively, can be particularly beneficial to DSLR camera users.”
However, all this increased power and performance comes at a price.
Samsung also revealed that as of yet, there aren’t actually any devices that support the new UFS cards, and perhaps more importantly, they are not compatible with MicroSD.
With that being said, you can expect UFS cards to become the standard on Samsung smartphones in the future.
Prices and official launch dates have not yet been announced and while the UFS cards will offer a big improvement on removable storage, don’t throw your MicroSD cards away just yet!