New Versions of the Samsung EVO MicroSD Cards Offer Faster Speeds

The Samsung EVO Plus and EVO Select microSD cards against a white background.

Samsung is now offering new versions of its EVO lineup and it says the updated microSD cards offer better speeds and more storage for transferring and storing files.

Samsung’s update brings changes to the EVO Select and EVO Plus microSD cards and one of the most notable upgrades in these new versions is faster speeds. The electronics giant promises a 23 percent increase in transfer speeds across both versions over their predecessors. Both the Samsung EVO Select and EVO Plus microSD cards promise transfer speeds of up to 160 MB/s.

The new cards offer Grade 3 (U3) Speed Grade, which makes them compatible with more high-resolution devices and those that record 4K video. They also support a video speed class rating of V30, which allows cameras to write video to the cards at a rate that will never fall below 30 MB/s. EVO cards with greater than 128GB capacity support an application performance class of A2, making it possible to install and use applications with the card and a mobile device. They are universally compatible with Android smartphones, tablets, laptops, and portable gaming consoles.

“With the mobile and handheld gaming market on the rise, we sought to make data transfers on those devices even faster with these updated EVO Select and EVO Plus lines,” said Jose Hernandez, Senior Director of Memory Product Marketing at Samsung.

As with past versions of Samsung’s memory cards, these microSD cards are not just about performance but also about durability. They can handle water, extreme temperatures, x-rays, wear-out, drops, and magnetic impact, ensuring your data is always safe. Moreover, they feature a 10-year limited warranty, providing peace of mind and security.

Beyond faster speeds, Samsung also announced that it will now offer memory cards with 1TB capacities in the EVO Select microSD and PRO Plus microSD lines. Samsung says the 1TB versions won’t be available until later this year, though it did not provide anything more specific.

The faster cards are available for pre-order now, however. The EVO Select microSD is available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities for $14.99, $18.99, $29.99, and $55.99, respectively. The EVO Plus cards are available in the same capacities: $15.99 for 64GB, $20.99 for 128GB, $31.99 for 256GB, and $60.99 for 512 GB.