It has been a long time since we saw actually innovation with smartphone hardware and accessories. Usually, hardware makers add more of the same on top and release a new product every year. One camera becomes two, and two become three. And now LG even has a phone with five cameras.
So when Huawei announced the new Nano-Memory that’s is being used in Mate 20, I had hopes up of seeing something truly unique? But is it unique? Is it the new trend we need in the smartphone storage scene? Well, it’s hard to say right now based on the pool of information we have right now.
According to Huawei, the new NM cards are 40% smaller compared to our traditional SD cards. Smaller size means it would require less space in the smartphone which is good. But apart from its smaller size and higher price compared to the traditional SD, we haven’t seen or heard anything.
Rumor has it that Nano-Memory transferred data at 90MB per second. There are currently two variants offering 128GB and 256GB of storage capacity.
Other than its size there doesn’t seem to be any other benefit right now. In fact, transitioning from SD to NM means it would be harder to find in the beginning; similar to how we transitioned from MicroUSB to Type-C. For now, Huawei is the only brand using Nano-Memory in its smartphones. If the company wants to push this new type of storage device, it would need to convince OEMs to partner; and that would only happen if they see it as a profitable investment.
Let’s see how things turn out for Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro’s Nano-Memory cards. Mate 20 is now available to buy while Mate 20 Pro and X are releasing on October 26. Porsche Design Mate 20 RS is coming on November 16, 2018.