Samsung Evo Plus MicroSD Card Review + How to identify a fake samsung microSD Card


When you think about microSD cards there's only a couple of brands that stand out when it comes to popularity, price and performance and one of those brands is Samsung, the other one is SanDisk which is arguably the more popular choice but what we're looking at today is the Samsung Evo Plus Micro SDHC UHS-1 32GB Memory Card.


The reason why I decided to go with Samsung is that my old SanDisk microSD card gave up on me, my phone started to get slow and finally broke down and I can't add or remove files from the microSD card. Because of that issue, I decided to shift and try out Samsung and so far, so good.

samsung evo plus 32gb microsd card Review

MY EARLY BREAKDOWN

Pros: Affordable, Fast read speed, Reliable

Cons: Slow write speed


Is it within Our Target Budget?: yes

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: microSDHC Memory Card
Series: Evo Plus
Class: Grade 1, Class 10
Interface: UHS-1, compatible with HS interface
Capacity: 32GB
Sequential Read Speed: Up to 95MB/s
Sequential Write Speed: Up to 20MB/s
Certification: FCC, CE, VCCI, NATA
Water-resistant: Yes
Temperature proof: Yes
Full HD optimized: Yes
Voltage: 2.7~3.6V
Operating Temperature: -13°F 185°F
Non-operating Temperature: -40°F to 185°F
Dimensions (W x D x H): 0.59" x 0.43" x 0.04"
Weight: Approx. 0.5g


AUTHENTICITY

Before we start with the proper review, let's find out if what we have is authentic or not because there's a lot of fake microSD cards available online.

Packaging and quality of print:

The first and obvious giveaway if a microSD card is fake is the quality of the packaging and the prints on it. As per checking, I didn't find any issue with the print quality of the one I have.

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Looking closer at the print on the included SD Adapter, I found no typo or blurred letters so we're still good at this point.

how to identify a fake samsung microsd

Manufacturing details:

Flipping it on the other side we have some more details to check. As per my research, Official Samsung microSD cards are generally made from our country, the Philippines followed by an "Adapter made in China" note. Looks like we're still golden.

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Quality of the microSD card itself:

Make sure that the print quality on the microSD card is fine and crispy, check also the quality of the colors like the red and white and make sure there's no fading whatsoever.

how to spot a fake samsung micro sd card

Looking at its side, the edges are colored white. As per my research, Official Samsung microSD cards have white edges. So if you got a different color like grey or black then chances are you got a fake one.

how to identify fake samsung micro sd card

Capacity check using H2TestW software

I also tested the capacity of my microSD card using the H2TestW software to make sure it passes read and write tests on its approximate full capacity of around 30GB+. If you have a fake one, the test will fail at some point.

note: ignore the speed readings on this as my laptop's SD card reader only supports USB 2.0


samsung memory card verification


Check the manufacturer using the SD Insight app 

And lastly, or maybe the first thing you should try depending on what you prefer is to check your microSD card using an app like the SD Insight. I checked mine and verified it's made by Samsung Electronics on Sep 2017 with a capacity of 32GB.


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credits to the post made by TechWizTime for helping me identify a fake microSD Card.

FULL REVIEW

Design and Construction:

In terms of design and construction, It's pretty standard across all Samsung MicroSD card lineup with the crispy Samsung logo at the top half and the capacity, versions, and features at the bottom half.

It has 4-proof protection. Samsung claims that it can withstand up to 72 hours in seawater, extreme temperatures, airport X-ray machines and magnetic fields equivalent to an MRI scanner. 

samsung evo plus 32gb microsd review

It also comes with a free SD Adapter to maximize compatibility with many devices with full-sized SD slots.

samsung evo plus microsd card Review

Performance:

In terms of speed, Samsung claims that it can go up to 95 MB/s read and up to 20 MB/s write. Now, these claimed speeds were the output from a controlled environment with proper benchmarking tools.

For my personal benchmark test, I inserted the microSD card on my phone where I intended to use it and use the app called A1 SD Bench. I got pretty acceptable results at 55 MB/s read and 34 MB/s write. Your results may vary though depending on some circumstances such as the device used and the interface it supports.

samsung evo plus 32gb review



VERDICT:

WILL I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

I've got this microSD card for a while now on my Alcatel Flash 2 phone and it's still working just fine. I don't experience any issues with transferring files from my phone to my PC and vice versa. One thing worth noting though from my personal experience is that this microSD card is for some reasons, detected as too slow for app installations using the adaptive storage feature on Android. Although, it might be just on my phone and your results may vary. Other than that, Using this as a normal microSD card as my default write disk for my phone works flawlessly. I install apps on my phones internal storage and my media files such as photos, music, and videos on this microSD card.

WHERE TO BUY:

LAZADA:
Samsung Evo Plus Micro SDHC UHS-1 32GB Memory Card

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Marvin Gabriel

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