Feb 17 AT 4:03 PM Edgar Cervantes 19 Comments

Samsung releases sleek, yet rugged SD and MicroSD cards


SD and MicroSD cards are the least of our concerns when it comes to aesthetics and ruggedness. But Samsung is known for manufacturing good-looking products, and boy do these brushed metal cards look good! Samsung is also boasting their rugged build, making these memory cards able to withstand water, pressure and magnet damage. We usually don’t post about such products, but we thought these were definitely worth sharing. If you are looking for a new SD or MicroSD cards, you probably should give Samsung’s latest cards a look.

The new memory cards will spend most of their time hidden inside of your devices, so the odds you care much about durability or looks is slim to none. Knowing your SD card can hold its own against most things thrown its ways always reduces a bit of stress, though, especially for those that remove it often. And at least you would know that if your device gets roughed up, that data will probably be safe and sound.

Samsung’s cards are able to handle water submersion for up to 24 hours, magnetic fields as strong as medical magnets, and being run over by a 3,200 pound vehicle. But their looks and durability are not all there is to it, and these cards offer great performance as well.

There are two types available; the High Speed Series and the Plus Extreme Speed Series. Looks and durability don’t come cheap, though: if you are planning on getting one of these metal beauties, they will cost you a bit more green than the competition.

The High Speed Series has options ranging from 2-32 GB (class 4-10), with the most expensive one going for $89.99. While the Plus Extreme Speed Series has 2 options for each size; 8 and 16 GB, class 10. These go for $24.99 and $54.99, relatively. Cards with the same specs cost the same, regardless of whether they are SD or MicroSD. Hit the press release for a table with exact details and prices.

So there ya go, guys! Rugged, good-looking memory cards with great performance. For many of us, the price might not be worth it. I have never been in a situation where my SD or microSD card is in any form of danger. But what do you guys think? Would any of you find a good use to these? Or would you get them just to feel more secure?

Let us know what you think! And if you want to purchase these cards, simply head to the link below and find the right one for you.

Link: Samsung Brushed Metal Cards

If you want a specific card listed in the press release, simply search for the model name.

Show Press Release
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today that it is now shipping a new line of advanced SD and microSD cards that are ideal for digital imaging and mobile devices. The seven new models of SD and microSD cards are now available as part of either the High Speed Series or the Plus Extreme Speed Series, both of which deliver up to 24MB/sec read speeds on cards with a capacity of 4GB or higher.

Styled with a brushed metal design, Samsung’s beautiful new line of SD and microSD cards are built with “Best-in-Class” performance. Able to meet the growing demand for high speed and high capacity memory in modern devices, the new cards are ideal for today’s digital cameras, camcorders, smartphones and tablets. With (up to) 24MB/sec OR (max) read speeds, users can transfer 1GB of images in as little as 42 seconds. In order to ensure their reliability, Samsung has designed both lines of memory products to be waterproof, shockproof, and magnet proof, allowing them to withstand some of the harshest conditions. All models are guaranteed to survive up to 24 hours in water, withstand the force of a 1.6 ton vehicle (3,200 lbs), and resist up to 10,000 gauss (slightly less than the power of a medical imaging magnet).

“It is our goal at Samsung to deliver superior performance, reliability and a stylish design across all of our product lines, including our memory line,” explained Reid Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Samsung Electronics America. “Utilizing our 19 years of experience in memory manufacturing, we’ve built both lines of SD and microSD cards for performance. With read speeds of up to 24 MB/sec and max write speeds of 13 MB/sec (High Speed Line) and 21 MB/sec (Plus Extreme Speed Line), as well as meeting our ‘3-proof’ reliability standard, these cards represent the ultimate in digital imaging and mobile computing storage. As the #1 memory supplier in the world and manufacturer of so many high performance portable devices, we are committed to ensuring consumers realize the best possible experience with those devices.”

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

Via: The Verge

Source: Business Wire

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • honourbound68

    hmmm i think i can use these on my kodak playsport in case of water seal failure :)

    • spazby

      great idea… i am picking up 1 of these…

    • LukeT32

      WOOOOOW!!!!!!! This would so soooo good in my GNex.

      O wait… Bamboozled by Sammy. :’(

  • Bryan Stoner

    Dang that’s actually really cool. Like little mobile tanks.

  • T1392

    I like em but can’t use a sd card on my GNex so maybe with my Samsung Android player?

  • slurms mckenzie

    looks really nice but i already have 16 gigs on board and a 32 gb sd card enough space for me

  • Jorge Vieira

    I want one!

  • http://www.desean.net desean

    I have used it for a month and it has been working great on my SGS2. It only cost me almost half the listed retail price for the 32GB class 10 as I imported directly from Korea :-)

  • sylar

    Looks and sounds nice but I have enough storage space and I’m not sure I would shell that much out for a memory card but i might if i thought it needed to be that rugged.

  • ashclepdia

    what happens after 25hrs submerged in water? do they melt? why only 24hrs? I wanna store mine in a cup of water in the freezer and then hit the ice block with a hammer to get it out ….

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      Make sure the hammer actually hits the microSD card, you know, to test its other rugged features at the same time! (kidding, kidding)

  • Nathan D.

    These are nice but I don’t need some thing as good as that since I don’t take out my card that much anyways.

  • MoSDeeb

    These are actually pretty nice, I wouldn’t have thought SD cards could look appealing

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    Nice but not for the price

  • Schmidty850

    Very sleek, Yes. Very expensive, also Yes.
    Not worth it, sorry Samsung, good try though. I’ll stick with my PNY

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    I actually have the class 10 32 GB Samsung card in my Transformer Prime. I bought it off Amazon for around $50 I think. Looks great and is rugged as hell.

    Why does this matter? Because my old roommate’s dog chewed up an 8GB microSD card a few months ago. Luckily I didn’t have anything important on it but it was completely messed up. At least this one will hold its own for a little while longer, if that scenario happens again!

    • delinear

      I bought two 8GB versions of these a couple of years ago for my camera for a trip to Italy and they were fantastic cards. Not only are they fast and reliable and feel tough, the ones I got came with a nice little pop-out rubber carry case (almost like a silicon phone case) which made them quick and easy to access but gave me some additional peace of mind when they were rattling around in my bag with batteries, etc.

      I’d definitely consider these for any device where I wanted to be swapping the cards out on a regular basis, but a bit pricey for a phone/tablet where I don’t intend to change them very often.

  • ArticulateFool

    I will be picking one of these up for sure!

    They look great. I am always a fan of ruggedized data storage, you never know when you will truly need it.

  • WlfHart

    Ah, finally a card immune to my fat fingering and dropping the microSD into my drink… and forgetting it there for an hour… It almost makes me want to try it!