Samsung debuts world’s first UFS memory card lineup with up to 256GB capacity

Samsung just made history in the world of memory cards by unveiling the first ever Universal Flash Storage (UFS) memory cards 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

The manufacturer promises these cards will greatly improve high-resolution 3D gaming and movie playback on mobile devices.

“It provides more than five times faster sequential read performance compared to that of a typical microSD card,” states the company’s release regarding its 256GB card, “reading sequentially at 530 megabytes per second (MB/s) which is similar to the sequential read speed of the most widely used SATA SSDs.”

With the UFS card, users will be able to read a 5GB full HD movie in about ten seconds, promises Samsung. Write speeds will be improved too. The 256GB card can reportedly attain 170MB/s sequential write speed, almost double the speed of a top-end MicroSD card.

UFS is an emerging storage specification that Samsung is developing along with over 300 other members of standardization body JEDEC. UFS aims to bring higher data transfer speeds and increased reliability. 

Samsung first included UFS technology in the Samsung Galaxy S6, which, to the dismay of many, eschewed MicroSD support because it was believed the inclusion would slow the entire system. The S7, however, managed to restore inclusion of a MicroSD slot, even while using UFS technology. In February of this year, the manufacturer launched an embedded 256GB UFS memory chip for use specifically in high-end mobile devices.

Pricing and availability for the cards has yet to be announced.

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