Lexar is rolling out a minor change to the packaging in which its Pro Series 80X CompactFlash cards are sold that will help identify the card inside as an 80X second edition.
They have begun to seal the bottom flap of the retail box with a piece of transparent red mylar (think sticky tape), instead of clear mylar. Going forward, any box with a red mylar seal contains an 80X second edition card with A4B6 in its edge stamp, says Lexar's John Omvik, Director of Pro Product Marketing.
Because this packaging tweak is being made now, after the 80X second edition cards are already shipping, boxes sealed with clear mylar may contain either first edition or second edition 80X; the only way to tell is by the presence or absence of the A4B6 edge stamp on the card itself.
To sum up, a red mylar seal equals 80X second edition; a clear mylar seal indicates either first edition or second edition 80X, and only peering at the edge stamp inside will reveal the card's true identity. This packaging modification is a temporary change until the new-design retail box is introduced early next year.
For more on this, please see Lexar on 80X second edition availability.