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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.

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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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