Samsung has recently introduced a new card in their flash lineup which should be a very comfortable entry into the media world. It is the Samsung Pro Plus microSDXC and it is available in 128, 256 and 512GB capacities with and without the included card reader. This card also comes with a 10-year warranty.
Its performance specs are rather impressive at 160MB/s read and 120MB/s write and the easiest way to reach these specs is buying the version of this card that comes with the card. Checking Amazon, we see that the card reader is only an add on of $5 to the price and this card is priced at $39.99 (128GB), $59.99 (256GB) and $114.99 (512GB) for the card and reader.
The price point of this card is just about the highest you might find but this is the comfort gained for your media security regardless of device used. This card is water-proof to 1m of sea water for up to 72 hrs, temperature resistant from 25°C to 85°C while operating and then down to -40°C when not in use, x-ray proof, magnet proof, drop proof to 5m and wear out proof for up to 10,000 insertions. The Samsung Pro Plus was built to last.
The Samsung Pro Plus is also a Class 10, U3, A2, V30 card which….well can be a bit confusing for most but let’s let this chart help:
This card is also A2 which speaks to applications and smartphone command queuing. A2 designates this card as being capable of a minimum random read of 4000 IOPS and minimum random write of 2000 IOPS with a minimum sustained write speed of at least 10MB/s. Simply, this card is ideal for these video scenarios:
As performance is key in our world, let’s take a look at the Samsung Pro Plus microSDXC speeds, these being the same regardless of capacity:
ATTO returns excellent speed progression as file size progresses with speed maximums of 152MB/s read and 122MB/s write.
Crystal DiskMark brings us as close to spec as we are going to get with 158MB/s read and 124MB/s write. A bit comforting is that Samsung also has software to validate that the card you just bought is genuine and it is the Samsung memory Card/UFD Validation Tool which is free and can be downloaded here. (Direct DL)
So the question is, “Do we recommend the Samsung Pro Plus microSDXC Card? It is going into our brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 Note later this week on arrival. By the way, what’s up with this chip shortage? WE have never had to wait for new phones in the past!
Great job Samsung! Now let’s see this in a 1TB version!