How many times have you thought to yourself 'you know, I have this super-fast device on a super-fast LTE connection, but my SD card is just too slow'? Even if you've never actually had that thought cross your mind, Samsung has an answer to this quandary: microSD cards that are four times faster than the current high-end cards.


These 16GB cards will offer a maximum sequential read speed of 80MB/s, which is quite a jump compared to the current high-end cards that are only capable of 21MB/s read speeds. Since they're so fast, they're being targeted at LTE devices, as the SD card speed is the last bottleneck left in the constant quest for the ultimate user experience. According to Wanhoon Hong, Samsung's VP of memory sales and marketing, this speed boost "allows consumers to enjoy high-quality images and video playback directly from the memory cards, which fully support the advanced performance features of diverse digital gadgets."

There's no word if these cards will work with current devices, when they'll actually be released, or how much this speed boost is going to cost - but we'll make sure to keep our eyes open for any new info.

[Samsung via CNET; Thanks, Deon!]

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  • PacoBell

    Yeah, at sequential writes, but I want to use it for A2SD. The spec that matters is random access. I've heard these UHS cards were trying to solve that problem, but I haven't heard anything conclusive benchmark-wise.

    • Golightly

      I have one(ADATA UHS-I). Benchmarks are similar to using internal storage. I've never had another 32GB card though, so I can't make a comparison there. No issues with it at the very least.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    LTE isn't fast enough to exhaust the speed of a decent regular microSD card, but I can see LTE-Advanced approach and break that limit, so I could see where the LTE reference is coming from, but I don't think we should fixate on it.

    IMO, faster USB transfers is the reason to look forward to these faster cards, not some future LTE revision.

  • Leo

    4x faster? Bring on Class 40

  • Rob

    Does that mean we go back to 16GB total storage and end up waiting years for a 32GB variant? They should just cut to the chase and develop 32GB and 64GB cards.

    While they're at it, how about a decent extended-use battery that doesn't turn our super-slim Android devices into Dr. Frankenstein's next monster. ;)

    • L boogie

      +1 for that, not ready to dabble in the cloud arena and these uhs micro SD cards should be available in the 32/64 gb category, coming from Samsung though it wont be cheap..... Can't wait for actual improved battery technology though the upcoming Soc processors as well as Lte advance should help out till then

  • Geoff

    @Artem ... LTE doesn't actually need to be faster than the SD card to have the SD card be a bottleneck. All it takes is for more than 1 thing to be accessing the SD card for it to become an issue. Or for the process using the SD card to create interruptions on the CPU. Anything that makes the channels run smoother improves the experience.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Good point.

  • surubutna

    Is that the SG3 on the background? And with these cards for LTE devices, does that mean that SG3 will come with 4G right from the beginning?

  • Jason

    Too bad many of the new phones don't have removable memory.

  • DavidkSims

    Is it me or am I the only one at the big party? I posted this 3 times on 3 different forums yesterday. I have SanDisk 64Gb microSDXC Class 6 in my Motorolo Photon 4G and it beat the hell out of Lexar 32Gb Class 10! Format it as NTFS and your good! Also, dont purchase it from SanDisk for $167.00, get it from newegg for $99.00!

  • michael

    This would be really handy, except that my Samsung android devices are the ones without a microSD slot.

    • DavidkSims

      In this day and age, I would never get a device without a slot! personally, without slot my data charges would be more than my rent!!! Music 10 hours a day at work, movie now and then, GTA3, MC3, youtube.

  • Hilmy

    I kind of like that samsung is wotking on better microsd cards. Not realy couse i had problems with the speed of the sds i had till now' but it lets me hope that samsung will make the s3 a flagshipe device that will come with micro sd slot. Not like the new htc ones or the last twoe nexus phones.