You may have noticed in the past few years we've started getting different versions of hard drives. Some models promote power saving, others are for performance, and we even have NAS-focused endurance drives now. It turns out we need the same for microSD cards, and Samsung just delivered on that front.
When picking a microSD card, the two main factors to consider are usually speed and capacity. However, neither of those mean much if the card will be used for continuous data recording over its lifetime. Samsung decided to fix that problem with a new Pro Endurance microSDHC/microSDXC card, which is aimed squarely at continuous video recording products such as security cameras, body cameras, and the dash cams we fit in our cars.
In terms of endurance, Samsung says the 128GB Pro Endurance card can cope with recording video continuously for 43,800 hours. That's five years. The 64GB card manages 26,280 hours, and the 32GB card 17,520 hours. For all three cards the read speeds are rated at 100MB/s and the write speeds 30MB/s. They are also waterproof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, and magnetic proof.
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In terms of how this compares to the standard, fast microSD cards on the market today, Samsung claims the Pro Endurance has 25x higher endurance, which is backed up by a five-year warranty (for the 128GB card).
That endurance comes at a price, though. The 128GB Pro Endurance card costs $89.99, the 64GB card is $44.99, and the 32GB card is $24.99. For comparison, a standard 128GB Class 10 microSD card costs around $40.
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