Kingston Releases Micro-SD Card Designed for Action Cameras

There are plenty of memory cards on the market, but it aren’t all of them that are equally suited for all tasks – much in the same way as it is with any other kind of storage product. Kingston just released a new micro SD Card specifically designed for use with action cameras and that comes with UHS-I U3 Speed Class 3 ratings. The new Kingston SDCAC microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 memory card comes in various sizes from 16GB and up to 64GB.

The new Kingston SDCAC microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 memory card comes in various sizes from 16GB and up to 64GB. Its rugged performance and form factor make this micro SD card ideal for most action cameras including GoPro and drones.

The cards feature speeds of up to 90MB/s when reading and up to 45MB/s when writing. While that doesn’t sound like much when we compare it to SSD performance, it is quite nice for a card of this size. And we also have to keep in mind that these are minimum speed ratings and not possible maximum speeds.

The sustained performance allows outdoor enthusiasts to shoot in 4K resolutions without missing a single frame and even shoot up to 240 frames per second on normal Full-HD recordings. With a capacity availability from 16GB to 64GB, there should be a right card for everyone. The 16GB and 32GB capacities are shipping this month while the larger 64GB ships next month.

The cards can perform in any environment as they are waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof. Pretty much just proofed. The card is available in two version, with and without an SD card adapter that lets users quickly and easily view footage on a PC, notebook, or media reader.

Kingston’s microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 is backed by a lifetime warranty, free technical support, and legendary Kingston reliability. No word on pricing yet.

Features and Specifications:

  • Designed for action cameras and drones: shoot video at up to 30 frames per second in 4K or capture HD footage at 240 frames per second on your GoPro, action camera or drone to preserve every second of your latest adventure.
  • Rugged for every adventure: waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof to perform even in harsh environments.
  • Enough space for your trip: whether shooting in 4K or at 240 frames per second, the card has room to keep you going.
  • Guaranteed: Lifetime warranty, legendary reliability, free technical support.
  • Capacities1: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB (shipping later)
  • Performance7: 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)
  • microSD Dimensions: 11mm x 15mm x 1mm
  • SD Adapter Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Format: FAT32 (microSDHC 16GB-32GB); exFAT (microSDXC 64GB)
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V
  • Warranty: Lifetime

Lexar Announces New 200GB High-Performance microSDXC Card

Lexar released a new memory card for those that need a lot of speed and a lot of storage at the same time as they announced the release of their new 200GB microSDXC card that comes with a 633x speed rating and an SD Class U1 rating.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a 200GB card in this size, but it is the first time that it goes mainstream and becomes an available card for normal people that want that extra capacity in their smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices based on SD cards. The 633x speed rating (633 times 150KB/s) equals to about 95MB/s which is the read speed that this card can perform – far higher than the official U1 rating. The 200GB capacity is enough to store up to 17 hours of 4K and Full HD video, 33,000 photos, or 28,000 of your favourite songs – if you even got a library that size at all.

“Professional and everyday photographers are now more passionate about shooting high-quality video, on everything from digital SLRs to sports and aerial cameras,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “With the Lexar 200GB microSDXC UHS-I card, photographers can continue to capture and store large amounts of content on the go, without having to worry about running out of space.

Lexar also included a USB 3.0 card reader for high-speed card-to-computer transfer of all your captured moments. The card reader is naturally backward compatible with USB 2.0, so a connection to legacy systems won’t be an issue either. The 200GB Lexar High-Performance 633x microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty while the card reader itself has a 1-year limited warranty.

Should your interest be tickled by this news, then the good part is that it’s already available and it isn’t even as expensive as you might think. The new card is currently available for purchase with an MSRP of £109.99.

Lexar Professional Workflow Card Reader and Drive Hub Review

Introduction


There are many ways to get your data from memory cards to your system, server, or other memory cards, but it is far from all of these ways that are equally great. One of the best solutions for this comes from Lexar in the form of their Professional series Workflow card readers, portable SSDs, and storage drive hubs. Lexar provided me with a full set of these readers and a drive hub for reviews and today I’ll be showing you what they can do.

We’ve previously already reviewed the very affordable and compact Workflow DD512 portable USB 3.0 SSD and that is just one of the many options you have in this series. No matter what memory card type you use, you’ll find a reader for it and best of all, you can easily hook them up by simply plugging them into the drive hub.

Let us first talk a little about the drive hub itself, The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1. This is a four-bay drive hub that connects through a single USB 3.0 cable and comes with an external power supply to make sure that you got the optimal performance to all four readers at the same time.

While an external power supply can a little annoying, it is necessary to ensure a proper power supply to all four connected devices. The included AC adapter isn’t large and it won’t be a power hog either with its 20W maximum power consumption.

There is a second model available that also features a Thunderbolt 2 connection that will be particularly useful for Mac OS users on their iOS based systems. Whether you’re a pro photographer or videographer or an adventure seeker using a sports camcorder or aerial camera, it’s easy to create your custom workflow setup.

Thunderbolt 2 technology gives photographers and videographers the power to quickly transfer 4K video and other large media files at up to twice the speed of Thunderbolt and up to four times the speed of USB 3.0 devices. With a hub, you can easily copy and move files from one memory card to another, or back them up on a portable SSD that fits right into the hub next the card readers.

There are quite a few card readers available, among them the Workflow UR1 three-slot microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-II reader, the Workflow SR2 SDHC/SDXC UHS-II  reader, the Workflow CFR1 CompactFlash reader, and the Workflow CR1 CFast 2.0 card reader that I’ll be stocking my drive hub with today. All card readers are available with USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 to match your needs and drive hub.

The modular design allows you to easily swap card readers and storage drives depending on your needs, without the hassle of extra cables for each drive and the at times difficult connection access. Do you need four SD card readers at the same time? No problem. Do you need up to 12 micro SD cards at the same time? That’s no problem either. As you see, the choices are many and they are yours.

Feature Highlights:

  • Transfers images and video from multiple memory cards at once
  • Hubs leverage Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0 technologies for high-speed transfer of RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video
  • Readers support today’s latest card formats—SDHC/SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II, CompactFlash UDMA 7, XQD
    2.0, CFast and CFast 2.0 (Thunderbolt or USB 3.0), and microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I and UHS-II
  • Innovative, modular design
  • Use the card readers with a hub or on the go
  • Two-year limited warranty on hub and readers

Microdia Tease 512GB MicroSD Card at Computex

If you thought that SanDisk had achieved something impressive with their 200GB microSD card, the world’s largest capacity microSD card, then you might need to rethink that statement as Microdia teased their upcoming 512GB Xstra Elite microSD card.

That is half a terabyte packed down into the size of a nail, that’s quite impressive. Microdia didn’t bring along any working samples though and only showed the packaging – so don’t get too excited yet.

I have to be honest, while this is possible, I have a hard time believing it and especially the promised July release date. With a release date so close, you’d think that they would bring along working cards – if not the final retail version then at least a prototype.

But let us assume that it’s real and take a look at the further specifications. The card promises transfer speeds up to 300MB/s thanks to the SD4.0 microSDXC U3 interface. The card won’t be cheap either and is strictly aimed at professional users. The street price is estimated to be around $1000 for one card, that’s $2 per GB.

Thanks to the SD specifications, the card is backwards compatible with older generation readers – but you need a newer one that can connect to the second row of pins on the card if you want to take advantage of the full speed.

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information

SanDisk Retail Products at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – We had to stop by the SanDisk booth and check out their storage drives, and we were not disappointed. They brought along pretty much their entire portfolio of current and new products.

In the Retail section the had anything from the tiny UltraFit USB 3.0 over the iXpand USB 23.0 drive to the Ultra Dual USB drive with both micro and normal USB plug.

Memory cards are used everywhere from cameras to smartphones and a lot in between. Sandisk has quite a few different models on display, both microSD and full-sized SD cards.

SanDisk’s SSDs were also among the retail products, that includes the Ultra II in mSATA and 2.5-inch form factor, SSD Plus, and the awesome Extreme PRO that you might remember from our review.

SanDisk also has Wireless storage in their portfolio, for example the Connect Wireless Flash Drive and Wireless Media Drive.

Patriot Releases EP Pro microSDHC/SDXC 4K Capable Card

We see more and more devices each day capable of dealing with 4K resolution. More pixels means more storage and more bandwidth is needed and Patriot is ready with a new memory card for just this.

The new Patriot EP Pro microSDXC is a Class 10, UHS-I U3 card capable of a performance up to 95MB/s while reading and 80MB/s while writing.

This is plenty of speed for 4K video recording and thereby also HD and UHD resolutions, but it is equally great for continuous and burst image capturing with your high-end cameras. Action junkies tend to love to record their daring activities and the Patriot EP Pro is just as suited for use in Action-Cameras as it is in smartphones and tablets.

The EP Pro will be available in both 32GB (SDHC) and 64GB (SDXC) capacities so you don’t have to miss a moment and can capture new ones in the blink of an eye and store within seconds due to the EP Pro’s record response time. Users can also share their images and videos without delay by transferring stored data to their desktop, tablet or 4K TV and experience the record write speeds of the EP Pro microSDXC.

The new EP Pro microSDXC card should become available in July of 2015. Sadly no word on pricing yet besides the mentioning of ‘affordable’.

Toshiba Announces High-Speed Exceria Pro Memory Cards

Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra might try to convince you that SD storage shouldn’t be in smartphones as it is a too slow medium, but I strongly disagree with this and I’m sure Toshiba does so too.

Toshiba just released the proof that slow speeds and memory cards don’t need to go hand in hand with their new EXCERIA Pro SD memory cards and EXCERIA microSD memory cards.

The new EXCERIA Pro SD cards are intended for high-speed and high-resolution image capturing from 4K video and high-speed DSLR shots. With read speeds of up to 260 MB/s and write speeds up to 240 MB/s, the EXCERIA Pro SD card can transfer files in a fraction of the time otherwise needed. The Pro SD card is available in four capacities with the largest being 128GB.

The EXCERIA microSD isn’t as fast as the PRO models, but still feature great read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 60MB/s. They are designed for action camera adventurers, videographers, phones and tablets where it will keep your memories safe thanks to being both waterproof and X-ray proof.

The EXCERIA microSD card only comes with capacities up to 64GB, but that’s still a big improvement on the built-in memory you find in most smartphones.

Both types of cards come backed by a 5-year warranty. The EXCERIA Pro starts at $99.99 for 16GB and goes up to $699.99 for the 128GB model. The EXCERIA microSD card starts at $59.99 for 16GB capacity and goes up to $179.99 for the 64GB card.

 

Samsung Unveils New and Faster PRO+ and EVO+ Memory Cards

Samsung might be moving away more and more away from the memory card usage in their smartphones, but that doesn’t mean that they are planning to give up on that market sector. They have just released two new versions of their EVO and PRO SD and microSD cards dubbed the plus series and coming with capacities up to 128GB.

The new memory cards follow the same scheme as the solid state drives with the Samsung EVO+ memory card being the budget version with slightly less speed but also a more affordable price tag. The EVO plus series of memory cards are U1 rated and can still perform with 80MB/s at reading and 20MB/s at writing. The EVO+ will be available as 32, 64 and 128GB variants.

The PRO plus line provides better transfer speeds, as it is to be expected. With 95MB/s at reading and 90MB/s at writing, this card is perfect for high-speed video recording, 4K photo shooting, 3D recordings, or anything else that requires a large data stream to be stored quickly. The PRO cards are faster than the EVO cards, but they aren’t as big. The new Samsung PRO plus memory cards will be available as 64GB and 32GB capacities.

Both series come with upgraded Samsung 5-proof features: Waterproof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, magnetic proof and shock proof. Plus cards can withstand 72 hours of being submerged in seawater, which is a 48-hour improvement over current products. The new cards should become available this month, but no word on pricing yet.

Leaked Photos of the LG G4 Appear

The LG G4 is being unveiled on April 28th, but the ever prolific Evan Blass aka evleaks found a work in progress microsite’s pictures. The pictures show the standard and leather backed phones, the dimensions, a camera app that shoots in RAW, and confirmation that the back cover still allows for user replaceable batteries.

The ever prolific Evan Blass has been the source of some of the best smartphone leaks in the last few years. This time he did not disappoint with the pictures of the G4, as I for one have been impatiently waiting to see something like this as have so many others. The revelation that this phone has a removable back is a welcome sight and will mean that the 3,000mAh battery is user-replaceable and that it should have a slot for a microSD card. On closer inspection of the pictures the camera should be able to shoot RAW photos with the 16MP, f/1.8 camera that has laser autofocus and an infrared color spectrum analyzer according to the microsite. A variety of colors are available for the leather backed phones as well as the standard plastic backs.

Thank you The Verge and evleaks for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of LG via evleaks

Transcend Unveils UHS-I Speed Class 3 MicroSD Cards for High-Speed Recordings

Transcend released the new SDXC/SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) 633x microSD memory cards. The new microSD cards are based on MLC NAND and can reach transfer speeds of up to 95MB per second while offering optimum protection and a capacity up to 64GB, ideal for recording with action cameras or other high-speed capture devices.

The write speeds don’t go as far as the read speeds, but still come in at a very impressive 85MB/s, and that’s the relevant item when recording. It should easily be enough for capturing smooth 3D or 4K content and easily deal with Full HD videos speed-shots. Older devices that don’t support the UHS-I specification are still compatible, and Transcend’s SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3 card can still offer constant write speeds of at least 10MB/s.

There is a good chance that your device will give out long before the card does as it can operate at temperatures between -25°C to 85°C, it’s waterproof, static proof, x-ray proof and shock proof. It also comes with built-in error correcting code (ECC). Transcend also bundles the RecoveRx software with the card, allowing the user to easily rescue deleted files by searching the NAND.

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All Transcend memory cards are fully tested for compatibility and reliability and the UHS-I U3 (633X) microSD cards are offered in 32GB and 64GB capacities and carry Transcend’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

Kingston SDCA3 MicroSDHC/SDXS 64GB Memory Card Review

Introduction


While we attended the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas, Kingston handed us one of their new microSD UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) 64GB memory cards (SDCA3/64GB) , and today I’m putting this little thing to the test!

The new microSD card is designed for users who either just want that extra speed from their compact storage or actually need it for fluent 4K video recording. The SDCA3 card can read with up to 90MB/s and write with up to 80MB/s which make the endless waiting for file transfers a thing of the past.

“The growing adoption of high-performance cameras and Android-based mobile devices has prompted Kingston to provide fast microSD cards to maximize device performance,” said Valentina Vitolo, Flash Business Manager. “We are confident that our new 90-80MB/s microSD card is built for extreme conditions and users will be able to capture all the memories they want on the card.”

The new cards aren’t just fast, they’re also very rugged and can withstand submersion in 1 meter deep water for up to 30 minutes, offer MIL-STD-883H military standard shock resistance, X-ray protection from both sides, and can withstand temperatures up to 85°C.

Our test sample comes bundled with an SD card adapter, but the card can also be had without for those who don’t need it.

Specifications

  • UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) with up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write
  • Waterproof, Shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof
  • Compatible with microSDHC-SDXC host devices; not compatible with standard microSD-enabled devices/readers; microSDXC cards are not compatible with microSDHC-enabled devices/readers
  • SD adapter for full-size SDHC/SDXC uses in DSL-R or DSL-M cameras, 4K camcorders, and other devices
  • Lifetime warranty with free technical support
  • Capacities5: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Card Dimensions: 11 x 15 x 1 mm
  • SD Adapter Dimensions: 24 x 32 x 2.1 mm
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V

SanDisk Unveils World’s Highest Capacity microSD Card

SanDisk was the first to create the 128GB microSD card about a year ago and now they’re back once again with the World’s biggest capacity in this tiny format: 200GB

Looking at the numbers, SanDisk achieved a 56% capacity increase. Impressive. The card can achieve up to 90MB/s transfer speeds which should give more than enough transfer speed on your mobile gadgets and other places you’d like to use the card.

The 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card features a ten-year limited warranty and will be available worldwide in Q2 at an MSRP of $399.99.

Thanks to SanDisk for providing us with this information

Sony Selling Overpriced MicroSD Card ‘For Premium Sound’

Sony has apparently developed a MicroSD card that has been engineered ‘for premium sound’. The card, which is deemed as a companion to the $1,200 Walkman they introduced at CES this year, is supposed to reduce the amount of electrical noise when listening to music.

This 64GB Class 10 MicroSD card is priced at  ¥18,500, which is around $155. For a regular Sony Class 10 64GB Micro SD card in Japan, you’re looking at about $90. So you can see that there is quite a substantial price difference. This combined with doubts about the card’s actual effectiveness makes this a bizarre product from a company already struggling financially.

Even Sony itself is doubtful. A spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal “We aren’t that sure about the product’s potential demand, but we thought some among people who are committed to great sound quality would want it.”

Would you buy it?

Source: The Wall Street Journal Via: The Verge

SanDisk Introduces the World’s First 128 GB microSD Memory Card

Mobile World Congress brings news from SanDisk as well, having announced the world’s first 128 GB microSD memory card suitable for 4K video recordings as well as having all the storage space a user would want to keep all his files, music and data in one place on a storage solution the size of a fingernail.

“The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements,” said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. “With 128GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space.”

The microSD is configured with Class 10 UHS-I having reading speeds of up to 30 MB/s and 10 MB/s write speeds, being compatible with all handsets and devices which support SDXC, including most Android devices launched within the last few years. SanDisk also took the liberty of announcing a 64 GB embedded NAND mobile made specifically for Android devices, although it is still currently being sampled by SanDisk partners.

The microSD in question can also be a nice addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset which is stated to support such a card, though a smartphone with over 128 GB storage space is likely to be filled up anytime soon, especially when manually managing the handset’s data.

No price tag has been specifically revealed for the 128 GB microSD ‘giant’, having SanDisk memory cards from 8 GB to 128 GB available from $29.99 all the way to $199.99. To be noted is that the SanDisk 128 GB memory card will be exclusively sold at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com .

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information
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New Nvidia Tegra Tablet To Be 4G LTE Compatible And Roll Out With Android 4.4 KitKat

Apparently the Nvidia Tegra Note will receive a hardware refresh which will include a 4G LTE capability, having the new 4G enabled tablets available from Nvidia partners starting from Q2 2014 at an estimated price tag of $299.

While Nvidia isn’t selling the tablets themselves, they will ship to partners ready for branding and sale handling. There have been a few Tegra Note tablest on the market up until now, however none branded with major manufacturers. Even so, Nvidia expects to extned its Tegra Note tablets availability to Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine over the next few months.

EVGA is said to ffer the Tegra Note in North America and Western Europe, Dixons in the UK, Gigabyte in Western Europe, Korea, and China, Gazer in Ukraine, Zotac in Japan and Korea, Xolo in India, Gradiente in Brazil, and Homecare in China too.

The Nvidia Tegra Note tablet specs are basically the same aside from the new 4G capability added, having a 7-inch 1,280×800 IPS touchscreen, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and Wi-Fi. Also, the 4G LTE Tegra Note will launch with the Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed, having a KitKat update ready for current Tegra Tablet owners since Nvidia is handling the updates itself.

Thank you Unwiredview for providing us with this information
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Samsung Galaxy Light Announced by T-Mobile

T-Mobile US has announced plans to launch the Samsung Galaxy Light, a new entry-level 4G LTE handset. Looking like a cross between a Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini, the Galaxy Light packs a 4-inch WVGA display, a quad-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. There’s 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card, and the phone ships with a 1800mAh battery and a 5-megapixel camera.

So nothing much to write home about, but T-Mobile should be targeting a low price point for the device when it launches at some undisclosed point in the future. Since not everybody in the world can buy the Galaxy S4, or do not want to buy it and want something cheaper, the Light version could satisfy their needs. It will also be the latest tech, not Galaxy S3 Mini or later versions of mini devices, so if the Galaxy S4 is too high-tech, the Galaxy Light could be the answer for you.

Meanwhile today sees the launch of Alcatel’s affordable OneTouch Evolve on T-Mobile, which can be yours for $28 down payment, and afterwards a 24 monthly subscription payments of $3.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Android Central.

Galaxy Note 8 Now Comes With $25 Google Play Credit

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is an excellent Android tablet that will no doubt prove very popular with Android and Samsung lovers alike. The new Galaxy Note 8 tablet from Samsung was released just a few days ago. If you aren’t aware of the key specifications, then you can see those below:

  • Chipset: XMM 6262 and Exynos 4412 (1.6 GHz x 4)Bearer – HSPA + 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
  • Memory – 2GB (RAM), 16/32GB
  • microSD (up to 64GB)
  • OS / Upgrade – Android Jelly bean 4.1
  • Battery – 4,600mAh
  • GPS – A-GPS (3G/LTE), S-GPS(WiFi) + Glonass
  • Wireless Connectivity -WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz) – WiFi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, USB2.0
  • Camera / Flash – 5MP AF + 1.3MP
  • Display – 203.1 mm (8″) WXGA (1280 x 800, 189ppi) TFT
  • Dimension, Weight – 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 mm, 345g (3G/LTE) / 340g (WiFi)
  • UI / Web Browser -Android + Samsung / Android Browser / Chrome Browser (GMS)
  • Connectors -3.5mm Earjack, 11 pin MicroUSB

If the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 wasn’t tempting enough in itself then Samsung are offering $25 of Google Play Credit for you to grab some apps, films, games or whatever suits your needs. All you need to do is get your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 powered up and connected to Wi-Fi then visit this page and register. You need to fill in your model, serial number and MAC address then within a few minutes you should received a gift code to your email account.

What are your thoughts on Samsung offering $25 credit? Does it make the $399 price tag more acceptable?

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