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What is the Difference Between TF Card Memory and microSD Card Memory?

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The memory card is small or flash drive generally used for storage purpose. It can also be called as an electronic storage device that stores digital information inside it. It is used in any kind of portable electronic gadgets such as laptops, tablets, computers, MP3 players, PDAs, video game consoles, electronic keyboards, synthesizers, mobile phones and digital cameras.

Talking of memory cards you might have come across TF memory cards and microSD memory cards and often felt confused about two of these cards whether they are identical or different. So let’s talk about both of these memory cards and how what is the actual difference between these two storage cards.

Are TF Memory Card and microSD Memory Cards Same? Or any Difference?

TF Card Memory: TF card or fully named as TransFlash card is a named that the SanDisk company generally use for its micro secure digital cards and was considered to be the world’s smallest memory card. TransFlash was introduced in 2004.

microSD Card:microSD card which stands for Secure Digital card which is a flash drive that removable which is sometimes referred to as uSD cards. They are normally used in smart phones but recently it’s also been used in few GPS devices that are handheld. Compared to normal sized SD cards microSD cards are very small, almost like a fingernail sized.

Main Difference in TFcard and microSD card

  • TransFlash memory card and microSD memory card are very much alike and can be used in place of other one but there is little dissimilarity. microSD cards can support SDIO mode which means they can perform non-memory jobs such as GPS, Bluetooth and Near Field Communication. But a TransFlash cannot do such non-memory jobs.
  • There is also a switch on security segment in SD card whereas TransFlash has no such feature in it. The volume of TF card is 15 mm x 11 mm x 1mm and the volume of microSD card is 24 mm x 32mm x 2.1 mm.

Apart from this few differences TransFlash and microSD cards have no other major difference. As of from 2014 till now TransFlash and microSD memory cards are considered to be the same as later TransFlash was named as a microSD card by SanDisk Corporation. TF card in 2004 was accepted as the latest generation of memory cards.

The storage capacity of TF card and microSD card is also the same. They both support 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB except TF can support 64 GB as well which microSD card doesn’t. TF card memory and microSD card memory are bit costly than the regular SD cards. So, hope now the difference between Micro SD memory card and TF memory card is clear and no more confusion exist.

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  1. I have a tablet (MT6592) where the flash drive slot is larger than a microSD and smaller than a miniSD. Is this a TF card or is it something else? There appear to be 9 contact points in the slot that look like |-|-|-||||-|-|

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