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Offering a host of improvements including 5x faster speeds and lower energy requirements, UFS cards undoubtedly represent the future of removable storage. But what about legacy support, can we expect all future flagships to ditch microSD and move straight to UFS? Thanks to Samsung, you might be able to have your cake, and eat it too.

While UFS cards are not compatible with the current microSD card socket, the good news is that Samsung and several partners have developed a new socket design that will be able to accept both UFS and microSD cards, meaning that you’ll be able to use both standards interchangeably if you so wish. For those that already have invested in large capacity microSD cards, this is great news.

See also:

What to expect from UFS, the fast new cards that will replace microSD

July 9, 2016

Obviously that means no current mobile device on the market will be able to use UFS cards, but Samsung says it is likely you’ll see future devices that utilize both standards. In their own words:

“The new UFS cards are not compatible with the current microSD card socket. However, we have developed a socket design that can support both UFS cards and microSD cards. We are working with different partners in the industry on this integration for next-generation devices.”

It’s still hard to say which devices will be among the first to embrace UFS card support, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see the upcoming Note 7 among those that devices that do. What are your thoughts on UFS? Share them with us down in the comments.

Andrew Grush
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  • buckalicious

    I will line up for the note 7 if this is included, Cloud streaming is nice…. if you have service. unfortunately not all of us work in areas that have that…

  • Hans Pedersen

    That would be a nice surprise if they managed to get it in the Note7.

    • Charles Sweeney

      I’m not sure how long it took for Sammy to come up with the new socket or how long the UFS standard took to finalize but I somehow doubt that good ole Sammy wasn’t in the know from the early ons of it all. If they do manage to get it in the N7 I’m pretty sure it was already in works since you know, memory modules is Sammy’s backyard…that’s purely my own opinion.

      • Hans Pedersen

        That’s not the point. They can’t just sit around and wait for every new technology to be finalised for ‘the new model’. Because then it’d never be released. :D

  • daftrok

    Makes sense. I have a slots on my computer that are 5-in-1 card readers and either have one hole or two holes for it. So having a reader that supports both is not that far of a stretch. Kudos to creating that! I applaud companies that don’t force feed you new proprietary functionality and actually work to make it compatible with obsolete but more widely available standards.

    • zeth006

      *Cough* Sony memory stick *Cough*

      • daftrok

        I will say despite the annoying proprietary that was the Memory Stick Pro Duos, they performed WAY faster than SD technology was back in the day. It was almost eerie how smooth the performance was. And fortunately my old HP laptop supported both so when that technology went the way of the do-do (and I upgraded my camera) it was a easy transition. Just like how Samsung is doing with microSD to UFS.

        • When i had my PSP pro duo adapters which took a micro sd were easy to find and everywhere, microsd price had also come down by then.

  • Wel, that’s good news. Now, if Samsung could also tell us which of their first devices (Note7?) would support that.

  • ToketnYakegeDean

    I just hope the new UFS pin will make this INCOMPATIBLE with SIM card so there will be NO MORE HYBRID sim card.

  • Carlos Capone

    Considering the news of UFS came out recently and not too soon we heard this one also i think it sammy had this thing long ago that they jus waited for a better time and i think it might come to note 7 as they wanted to create a hype of UFS so that people can have attention and satisfaction when they will mention it in their launch event of note 7

  • jOn Garrett

    Meanwhile the iPhone will get a new color and repositioned antenna lines. ?

    • Haha ha.. It is true btw.

    • toluwalase emmanuel

      apple is in deep shit

  • Tangopiper

    Please be in the next Nexus, please! Not likely, seen as though Google don’t seem to like external storage…

  • toluwalase emmanuel

    it’s a nice idea as long as it’s saves energy
    I have been looking for something like that will be small and allow enough memory space

  • Samsung makes their own hardware, thus is highly superior to Apple. Apple will have to beg and pay Samsung for the licensed use of their UFS card technology. Apple sucks at innovation and lags so far behind Samsung now, ahahahaha!

  • kousuke

    I think 64GB~128GB is enough , the new one must be very expensive.

  • Aki I.

    It has to be in note 7. Otherwise why start talking about it now. It will need to launch with a big name device to get good traction and faster adoption rate and the only thing they got left this year is the note 7.