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Samsung unveils new Plus-line SDXC cards for 2020

The new EVO and PRO Plus cards. (Source: Samsung)
The new EVO and PRO Plus cards. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung has launched two new lines of memory cards with compelling speeds and specs. They are the new EVO Plus and PRO Plus series, which both have the full SD form-factor and come in sizes of 32 to 256GB. They are rated for high speeds and for advanced 'sevenfold' durability.

Samsung has announced products that may be for professional photographers, vloggers or prosumers looking for a new and reliable full-sized SD card. The 2020 EVO Plus and PRO Plus models are all SDXC, but for the smallest 32GB SKU of each line, which are SDHC.

This variant of the PRO Plus series is also the only one that misses out on sequential write speeds that may reach 90 megabytes per second (MB/s), contenting itself with up to 60MB/s instead. However, it does get the sequential read speed of up to 100MB/s also associated with its 64GB, 128GB and 256GB siblings.

The latest EVO Plus cards, on the other hand, have that spec across the board. All of these share U3/Class 10 specs with the PRO Plus variants, except (again) for the 32GB EVO Plus (which is U1 and Class 10). However, all of this new UHS-I memory is equipped with Samsung's new "seven-proof" protection.

This means they are resistant to drops of up to 5 meters, as well as the wear and tear that can result from up to 10,000 navigational swipes on the device in which a given card is installed, in addition to the more usual magnet-, shock-, water-, temperature- and x-ray-proofing conferred on "pro-level" SD cards.

The new Plus-series cards can be pre-ordered from now, and cost from US$6.99 for the EVO's 32GB variant to $39.99 for its top-end 256GB version. The PROs range from $9.99 to $49.99 for the same sizes. They will all ship from October 19, 2020, with the exception of the 32 and 64GB PRO cards that are not projected to do so until November 2020.

The full gamut of new Samsung SD cards... (Source: Samsung US)
The full gamut of new Samsung SD cards... (Source: Samsung US)
...with their full pricing scheme. (Source: Samsung US)
...with their full pricing scheme. (Source: Samsung US)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-10-14 (Update: 2020-10-14)