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Things keep on getting worse for Huawei. We mentioned Friday that Microsoft had pulled all of Huawei's laptops from the Microsoft online store. Huawei has also seen the Trump administration ban result in its losing access to Google's Android operating system, Intel computer chips, Qualcomm chips, and ARM designs. The bans go so far as to make it so that Huawei can't develop its in-house chips that use tech covered in patents that originated in the U.S. Huawei has been de-listed from the SD Association and no longer appears on its list of members. That means that Huawei can no longer officially use microSD cards or microSD slot in its devices. The ban doesn't impact the smartphones Huawei already... Read more...
The humble SD card has evolved in a number of ways since its introduction two decades ago. While early SD cards could hardly store more photos than a roll of film, modern cards may offer the capacity to contain hours of high-quality HD video. SD cards have also become commonly used as boot drives for lightweight operating systems, powering everything from Raspberry Pi's to server hypervisors. SD Cards, and MicroSD cards in particular, can also be useful for expanding the storage of cell phones and even laptops. Samsung introduced its blazing fast EVO Plus UHS-I MicroSD cards last year, featuring capacities from 64GB to 256GB and write speeds approaching 90 megabytes per second. We were impressed... Read more...
Expanding your smartphone storage has never been easier, with many of today's Android devices sporting expandable MicroSD card slots on board to offer additional capacity. And of course DSLR shutterbugs, videographers and drone flyers alike can all appreciate having enough high speed memory card storage at the ready in order to capture the moment. Fortunately, the Flash memory market has been advancing so rapidly that prices have been plummeting almost as fast as performance has been cranking up.  These days it’s not uncommon to find MicroSD cards that can offer 100MB/s of throughput (Class 10 UHS 3) for 4K video recording or other high speed storage needs, and NAND Flash juggernaut... Read more...
With smartphone these days including an increasing amount of onboard storage, it's easy to forget that microSD card storage is also expanding at a rapid clip. However, the biggest downside to microSD expansion is that it is often much slower than internal storage, which can be a problem when accessing apps or media stored externally. The SD Association (SDA) is looking to change this with the introduction of the new microSD Express removable storage format. The new cards will adhere to SD 7.1 specifications and take advantage of the PCIe (3.1) and NVMe (1.3) interfaces to deliver SSD-levels of performance. In fact, the SD Association says that the microSD Express is spec'd to deliver maximum... Read more...
The storage needs of smartphone users are not diminishing, they are only expanding with the advent of high resolution photography and 4K video. To account for this, Micron and Western Digital (through its SanDisk subsidiary) announced the industry's very first 1-terabyte capacity microSD storage cards for consumers. While both solutions offer the same amount of capacity, Western Digital's has the higher read performance rating——the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card is rated to hit read speeds of up to 160MB/s, whereas Micron's c200 1TB microSDXC card is rated to read data at 100MB/s. Rated write speeds are similar between the two at 90MB/s for Western Digital/SanDisk and 95MB/s... Read more...
When it comes to Android smartphones, one of the biggest advantages that they have over iOS-based iPhones is the ability to access external storage in addition to their onboard storage allotment. Take the Galaxy Note 9 for example; it is available with up to 512GB of internal storage and can also access up to 512GB of microSD storage, giving users up to 1TB in their pockets. However, Android apps often handle external storage poorly, leaving users vulnerable to exploits according to new research by Check Point. These exploits are being labeled as “man-in-the-disk” attacks, which could lead to the installation of malicious apps, the injection of harmful code, and denial of service... Read more...
The venerable Samsung EVO brand is well known among PC performance enthusiasts and workstation pros for its speed and reliability with respect to NVMe and SATA-based Solid State Drive (SSD) products. However, you may not recognize the brand so easily as is relates to the microSD card format for Flash memory. What's interesting here though is that microSD cards are getting much more capable, and as you can see, Samsung has some new EVO goodness on tap here as well.  The SD memory card format has been around for many years and has evolved greatly to the point that the newer SDXC card format affords up to a whopping 2 Terabytes of storage for digital cameras, video cameras, smartphones, and... Read more...
One of the most talked about smartphones is a model that's not even out yet, the Galaxy S7. Not without reason, Samsung's next flagship is an interesting product on a number of levels, and as such there's been no shortage of rumors, leaked photos, and outright speculation. One of the recurring themes among it all is whether or not Samsung will bring back expandable storage via microSD, and the latest leak suggests it will.The folks at Android Authority secured some photos and what they feel are concrete details about the Galaxy S7 from an "anonymous insider." Surprisingly, the leaked photos aren't terrible—how often have we been able to say THAT? One of them shows the microSD/SIM card tray combo... Read more...
News about Samsung’s Galaxy S7 continues to trickle out. As we mentioned this morning, the Galaxy S7 is an important test for Samsung’s new mobile chief, D.J. Koh, who took over the division only a month ago. It looks as though the Galaxy S7 will have 2560x1440 Super AMOLED screens on both its 5.1-inch and rumored 5.7-inch display option (for the Edge model). The phones will have bigger batteries than previous models, though, with the S7 sporting a 3000mAh battery and S7 Edge’s battery at 3600mAh. Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Interestingly, Samsung is reportedly bringing back the microSD card slot, which was missing in the Galaxy S6 family. Although the lack of a microSD card... Read more...
When Samsung introduced its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices, it was universally praised for switching from plastic to glass and metal for a more premium feel, though the change in design came at a cost. Certain features were left out, one of the biggest being expandable storage by way of a microSD card slot. Those who found that omission to be a deal killer will be happy to know that Samsung may bring the microSD card slot back with the Galaxy S7.Bear in mind that nothing is even close to official about this, but according to the rumblings of an Italian-language website and sources it deems as "reliable," Samsung may opt to bring back expandable storage on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge,... Read more...
Samsung, what did we ever do to you? Samsung ticked off quite a few enthusiasts with the release of the Galaxy S6 earlier this year. While the smartphone brought with it a swanky metal and glass body, a fast octa-core processor and a QHD display, it also ditched the waterproof body, removable battery, and microSD slot. That last point was probably the most harped on omission. Given its position in Samsung’s smartphone lineup, many had hoped that Samsung would spare the Galaxy Note series from such feature reductions. As we come closer to the August 13 reveal of the Galaxy Note 5, it appears that Samsung isn’t paying too much attention to its critics. Like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge that... Read more...
We were excited when SanDisk announced a new 200GB microSD memory card at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. That is, until we caught wind of the MSRP -- $400! Yeah, it was one of those 'spit coffee on your monitor' moments. Ah, but a little patience makes all the difference in the world, as the exact same card can now be had for $240 on Amazon. That brings the cost per gigabyte down from $2 to a bit more reasonable $1.20. Yes, that's still pricey, especially when the 128GB version sells for $80 on Amazon, or around $0.63 per gigabyte. But that's the kind of premium we would have expected at launch, rather than the $400 price tag SanDisk initially ran with.So, what does... Read more...
Mobile World Congress isn't just home to cool smartphones, and SanDisk proves it with its announcement of a jaw-dropping 200GB microSD card. Yes, 200GB - as in the storage capacity of 45 DVDs and 4 dual-layer Blu-ray discs on a memory card sporting a length of 15mm and thickness of 1mm. What else can be said but, "wow!"? With this much storage space, you'll be able to capture up to 20 hours of 1080p content - that's some serious freedom, right there. The card could also be used to store about ~100 720p movies, ~1,300 MP3 music albums, or ~20,000 high-res photos. Before you think, "But I can't use that in my phone!", it seems that you can if you use Android, as SanDisk's press release states,... Read more...
Whether you're in need of a super-fast solid-state drive, a speedy microSD card, or an ultra-secure thumb drive, Kingston has got you covered at this year's CES. I think the "super-fast" SSD I mentioned will whet the most appetites, so let's start off with a look at that one. Called HyperX Predator, Kingston's latest and greatest SSD is PCIe-based in order to deliver some incredible performance. 1,400MB/s read and 1,000MB/s write to be exact. 240GB and 480GB versions of the drive will be available soon, with a 960GB version to come towards the end of Q1 or early Q2. Further performance information is being kept mum for now, such as IOPS, but we do know that it's Marvell's... Read more...
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