A speed test comparing all the most popular UHS-II and UHS-I memory cards in the Galaxy S8 and S8+ Phone.
Use this guide to find the best memory card for your needs.
Phone Camera Specs
Processor: Octa-Core Chipset
Memory Cards: UHS-I Single Slot
|Rear Camera||Front Camera|
|Sensor: 12MP 1/2.5″||Sensor: 8Mp 1/2.5″|
|Lens: f1.7||Lens: f1.7|
|Image Stabilization: Optical||—|
|Video: 3840 x 2160p 60 fps||—|
|35mm-Equivalent Focal Length: 26||—|
Best Memory Cards For The Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ Phone
Unlike a lot of other sites that list memory cards for the Galaxy S8, I actually own and test them all.
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to testing SD memory cards in the Galaxy S8. Most of the benchmark software will test the emulated SD memory card which is not the real external memory card.
A1 SD allows you to test the real SD memory card. Many of the other programs will allow you to browse to find the external memory card in /storage/0000-0000 but I was then getting “access denied.” So A1 SD was my application of choice for doing these test.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Memory Card Speed Comparison
Memory card read / write speeds were tested using A1 SD in the Samsung Galaxy S8+ using the Long – Default test with the fastest results taken out of several tests.
|Micro SD Memory Card||Read Speeds||Write Speeds||Order|
|UHS-II – phone not capable|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB UHS-II||untested||untested||Amazon|
|Lexar 1800x 64GB UHS-II||untested||untested||Amazon|
|Lexar 1000x 64GB UHS-II||70.88 MB/s||35.19 MB/s||Amazon|
|Delkin 64GB UHS-II||untested||untested||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB U3||72.23 MB/s||68.48 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme Plus 64GB U3||73.25 MB/s||66.67 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Extreme 64GB U3||78.13 MB/s||56.89 MB/s||Amazon|
|Sandisk Ultra C10 – Old Version U1||38.79 MB/s||15.80 MB/s||don’t buy|
|Sandisk Ultra C10 – New Version||70.55 MB/s||31.40 MB/s||Amazon|
|Lexar 633x 64GB U1||67.46 MB/s||23.54 MB/s||Amazon|
|Lexar 300x 64GB U1||36.98 MB/s||22.64 MB/s||Amazon|
|Transcend Ultimate 633x 64GB U3||65.67 MB/s||39.65 MB/s||Amazon|
|Transcend Premium 400x 64GB U1||64.75 MB/s||22.87 MB/s||Amazon|
|Transcend Premium 300x 64GB U1||65.53 MB/s||23.41 MB/s||Amazon|
|Transcend High Endurance||20.21 MB/s||20.44 MB/s||Amazon|
|PNY Pro Elite 64GB U3||65.15 MB/s||64.60 MB/s||Amazon|
|PNY Elite U1||66.11 MB/s||28.69 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Pro+ 64GB U3||66.10 MB/s||68.37 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Pro 64GB U3||66.99 MB/s||62.67 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Pro Select 64GB U3||67.56 MB/s||68.47 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Evo 64GB U3||15.16 MB/s||20.17 MB/s||—|
|Samsung Evo Select 64GB U3||15.02 MB/s||18.42 MB/s||—|
|Samsung Evo+ 64GB U1||63.92 MB/s||19.35 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Evo Select 64GB U1||67.26 MB/s||20.62 MB/s||Amazon|
|Samsung Evo 64GB U1||37.48 MB/s||20.62 MB/s||Amazon|
|Delkin 64GB||65.44 MB/s||64.78 MB/s||—|
|Patriot 64GB U1||53.42 MB/s||19.50 MB/s||Amazon|
|Netac Pro 64GB U3||62.48 MB/s||32.39 MB/s||Amazon|
I recently tested the Samsung Evo and Evo+ U3 cards and for whatever reason I could not get them to read with any sort of decent speeds. Tried it on two different phones with no luck. Maybe these cards just suck or came from a bad batch?
On my computer I get Reads of around 88MB/s and Writes around 60MB/s. So I don’t think it’s the card. However when I test other cards in this phone they perform fine. Just these two cards are not liked. I’ll wait for a software update and try again.
Top 3 Fastest Write Speeds
Top 3 Fastest Cards Read Speed
Memory Cards & Brands To Consider Avoiding
The only cards that I would be cautious about would be any old cards, like the Sandisk Ultra – Old Version. That card ran very hot and its performance when testing was all over the place. In fact, avoid old versions of any card on Amazon. I think some have been labeled old even since I’ve purchased these so I’ll try to update as much as I can.
There is also Patriot and Netac Pro. I don’t know much about these brands so I wouldn’t trust them either. I actually gave one to my niece for her to use in her tablet, so I’ll know soon if there are any problems with them.
Memory Cards & Brands You Can Trust
The best all around brand seems to be Sandisk. However, Lexar, Transcend and Samsung are also great. It’s not uncommon for the cards made by Samsung to work best in Samsung devices. That’s the way Sony cards typically work. They may not be the fastest, but they usually are the most reliable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will The Galaxy S8 Support 128GB and 256GB Cards?
Yes. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ support micro SD memory cards up to 256GB.
Does The Galaxy S8 / S8+ Support UHS-II Memory Cards?
While USH-II memory cards do work in camera, I see no speed improvements over standard UHS-I cards.
My Memory Card Is Slow Or Isn’t Working
There are a lot of counterfeit cards out there especially on Ebay, so make sure you buy your cards from a trusted source. If you buy on Amazon, buy from the manufacturer directly.
Sometimes cards can just be bad. It happens. Send it back for a replacement, or send it in for a warranty.
Be sure the card is clean and the connectors inside the phone are clean.
Best MicroSD Memory Card For The Galaxy S8 / S8+ | Bottom Line
There are a lot of cards out there made by a lot of different brands. Some better than others. A lot of the top brands like Sandisk make the fastest cards, but also the most reliable. If you’re using your phone to access your SD card a lot (like installing games on it), then it may be useful to buy one of these faster cards.
If you’re just looking for a card that you can use for storing extra photos or video on, then there may be no need to break the bank, depending on your needs.