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Samsung’s new microSD cards go up to 512GB with 160MB/s speeds

By Ken Wong - on 27 Sep 2021, 4:43pm

Samsung’s new microSD cards go up to 512GB with 160MB/s speeds

The new microSD cards will suit the needs of most users. Image source: Samsung.

Samsung’s 2021 microSD card lineup consists of a new PRO Plus microSD card and a redesigned and enhanced EVO Plus microSD card.

Together the cards are designed to give users storage coverage in everything from devices like smartphones, all the way up to action cameras and drones.

The cards offer what Samsung calls their “six-proof protection”. This means that they can withstand water, extreme temperatures, x-rays, wear out, drops and magnetic impact. For additional peace of mind, they come with a ten-year limited warranty.

The new PRO plus microSD card is for users doing content creation. Image source: Samsung.

The new PRO Plus microSD cards are designed for content creators capturing high-quality photos, 4K Ultra HD (UHD) video and other content, even in extreme conditions. They offer read and write speeds of up to 160MB/s* and 120MB/s*, respectively in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities.

As a comparison, Samsung’s Pro Endurance microSD card that was released in 2018 also for 4K video etc, had read and write speeds up to 100MB/s and 30MB/s respectively.

The EVO Plus microSD is designed for casual users looking for reliability and stability. It offers transfer speeds of up to 130MB/s*, providing up to 1.3x faster sequential read speed when compared to the previous version. It will come in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities.

More importantly, both microSD cards have been tested and certified for the following speed class ratings of U3, V30, A2 and Class 10, which denote they have a minimum write speed of 30MB/s at least and can handle 4,000 read and 2,000 write IOPS. You can refer to our microSD card buying guide for more details on these ratings.
 

Pricing and availability

The EVO Plus delivers reliability and stability. Image source: Samsung.

The Samsung PRO Plus microSD cards are available for purchase now and the Samsung EVO Plus microSD cards will be available from 1 October 2021 onwards at the Samsung Online Store, online and retail stores of Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, and Harvey Norman, and Samsung’s Official Store in Lazada and Shopee.

The Samsung PRO Plus microSD cards will be priced at S$45 (128GB), S$78 (256GB), and S$168 (512GB). The Samsung EVO Plus microSD cards will cost S$16.90 (64BG), S$29.90 (128GB), S$65 (256GB), and S$149 (512GB).

MicroSD Card

Samsung PRO Plus

Samsung EVO Plus

Capacity

512GB

256GB

128GB

512GB

256GB

128GB

64GB

Price  S$168 S$78 S$45 S$149 S$65 S$29.90 S$16.90

Interface

UHS-I

Availability

20 September 2021

1 October 2021

SD Standard

SDXC

SDXC

 

Performance

Read

Up to 160MB/s*

Transfer Speed up to 130MB/s*

Write

Up to 120MB/s*

 

Speed Class

U3, V30, A2, Class 10

 

U3, V30, A2, Class 10

U1, V10, A1, Class 10

Certification

FCC, CE, VCCI, RCM

Multi Proof

Water, Temperature, X-Ray, Magnet, Drop, Wearout

Warranty

Limited 10-year warranty (SD Adaptor 1 year warranty)

 

Up to 160MB/s read speeds, engineered with proprietary technology to reach speeds beyond UHS-I 104MB/s, require compatible devices capable of reaching such speeds. Up to 120MB/s write speeds. Based on Samsung’s internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device interface, usage conditions and other factors.

Source: Samsung

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