Samsung Galaxy Note 7 expected to come with hybrid UFS/microSD card slot

Last week, Samsung announced a new mobile storage format based on the UFS 1.0 standard. The company said that users should expect to see read and write speeds improving by at least 5x compared to microSD cards. This, combined with Samsung’s reputation as the world’s largest flash storage maker, means that many high-end mobile devices of the future are likely to adopt Samsung’s new removable storage format.

As is always the case when new technology formats and standards are introduced, the unveiling of the new UFS 1.0 memory cards has raised many questions regarding the future of microSD cards. Fortunately, Samsung recently confirmed that it’s working on a socket design that supports both UFS and microSD is possible.

In a statement to Droid-Life, Samsung notes:


Fortunately, this news has double implications. First, it means that we’ll get to use our existing microSD cards for the foreseeable future, although with significant performance limitations. Second, it means that the new UFS format is more likely to be adopted by multiple device makers, since they don’t have to give up on the traditional microSD card format if they offer support for the faster UFS format as well, which will probably help with adoption as well.

Oh, and just in case anyone was wondering at this point, UFS 1.0 cards will not be compatible with the microSD-only card readers of current-generation devices.

All of this probably means that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be the first smartphone to offer support for both microSD and UFS 1.0 memory cards. The next-generation Samsung Galaxy Note handset is said to be unveiled this August. Check out our detailed Galaxy Note 7 rumor roundup for more details.

source: Droid-Life



1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

They should throw these cards in the box with the new Note. That way us early adopters can benefit from being a early adopter and get the new storage standard in our hands and give it some real world usage and also run our early adopter mouths and get the word out on if this is "a go" or not...

2. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I remember when I bought my Samsung S Epic 4G it came with a 16GB microSD card.

3. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

My BlackBerry Storm2 also came with a microSD of 16GB

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Yep! It sure did!

10. askconker

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 11, 2016

That'd probably rack up the price a bit. I don't know the exact price for the cards, but they're basically SSD disk drives in card form.

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2145; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

mSD is dead. NAND Flash is where its at. Why have only 64GB on board NAND storage, in which you have to add 256GB card that works for only movies and music. You can not simply download the apps to the card as part of the file is still placed on system NAND. Plus mSD has slower read/write times over NAND.

6. dimas

Posts: 3341; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Oh please, you wont feel that "slow" microsd read write when you're just playing music or taking pictures. Introducing ufs is good though, since competition will make high-capacity microsd cards cheaper in the near future. You're like those guys 5 years ago who said that hard drives will have instant death over ssds and until now, people are still using spinning disks for mass data storage.

7. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

I still use my non-HD JVC Everio with a 30 gig HD. Granted, the thing's nine years-old and the video capture isn't up to today's HD standards but it renders serviceable video when my HD Everio is seeing heavy usage. I keep it, all the files I ever(io) recorded and the discs which I made as 'historical' artifacts to remind me of where I was, what my interests were in June of 2007. My SSD Everio is a wonderful device and someday it'll be a museum piece too. I like looking back at all of my old tech from yesteryear.

16. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I have the same camcorder! Nice!

24. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Hear, hear. It's a solid piece of equipment if a little chunky. I love it! Hope you have a great summer.

12. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

You can't save burst mode shots or high quality videos to microSD though. HDDs are slowly fading out. They will move to a means of archival storage and so will microSD.

15. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sarcastic_ Nerd. high quality video use sequencial write and read. you can easily use a good quality sd card to save and read them i do it all the time with 4k video my lg g5. HDDS are so much fading out thats 99% of desktop use them more than 90% of laptop use them and even video game console use them go read a bit more before admiting crap. Ofcourse eventually they will be phased out but its will take years because ppl dont need super speed to archive stock they need the best amount of memory for the cost. SDD are far from been comparable to HDD for price to GB ratio and same will happen with UFS card.

21. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Tell me one guy you know who has bought a desktop or a laptop in last year and it has SSD as boot drive. Let me guess, none.

22. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Me! An I bought 2 laptops (asusROG and DELL).

23. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I meant HDD as boot drive. Messed up I guess.

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Love how ppl hate afordable tech. SD card work for more than movie and music and such if you use a phone with adoptable SD card features. 90% of all my apps where running from my sd card on my moto x play a features i am sad to have lost on my LG G5. Also i never experienced any slowness compared to onboard memory beside 1-2 seconde loading time more in big games. but hey hater got to hate right?

19. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They don't hate it, they just feel the need to justify their own purchase. And since their purchase doesn't have the tech, they have to rationalize in their minds that it's not needed or not good.

26. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

And I love how you hate advancement in tech. Especially from Samsung.

8. fyah_king unregistered

You can transfer most of your apps to the msd card.

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You can move most apps over and as the new ufs sd cards are very fast, they can easy use the new android make sd card as main HD mode

13. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

These cards fix that issue, and keep the advantages of portability. Regardless, even with older microsd cards, they're fine for storing media. You don't have any issues with the speed.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what if I told u.... microSD is one kind of NAND storage, just like UFS and SSD.. MicroSD is NAND storage

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

And...... All the comments are deleted again, WTF is going on ?

17. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

If note 7 will launch with this new USF storage tech then I will go for the note 7. Until than my G4 is serving me well.

18. cjreyes666

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

And I thought Micro SD were dead.

25. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Likely never for me. At my age, with all of the stock of micro SD that I already own, I may just sail into the sunset with 10 Terabytes (or more) of media spread out/backed-up on laptops and hard drives. If my daughter would choose to sort through my collection she'd find items dating back to when she was a baby and when her mother was alive and in full-vigor. I've forwarded keepsake photos and videos to her through the years; more so the last five years as it's become more practical. Then, she can commit the rest of my media that she doesn't want along with me when I'm gone. I'm passing the baton as my Mom and Dad did to me.

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