Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
IT | By Emmett Cole

1TB microSD cards are here and I irrationally want one

1TB microSD cards are here and I irrationally want one

MWC 2019 is in full swing and we have already seen all kinds of insane technology from companies around the world and just when we thought we have seen the craziest things, SanDisk and Micron popped up with 1 TB MicroSD cards. This is technically correct, but it ignores that cards have never been that large. In order to be used in a device, that device will need to support 1TB cards.

Today was a big day for the future of microSD cards. Even now with Samsung offering 1TB of in-built storage with its latest flagship smartphone - the Galaxy S10 Plus - microSD cards are making a statement of intent. SanDisk won't have cards on sale until the second quarter, but it's already decided on pricing. The 512GB model, which halves the capacity, can be had for "just" $199.99. Odds are it will sell its 1TB card a little cheaper. This still meets UHS-I Speed Class 3 and Video Speed Class 30 specifications. SanDisk didn't specify its chip design, but it's probably similar. Officially dubbed the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card (which is quite the mouthful), prospective buyers might want to start saving now, because it certainly has the price tag to match its high capacity and potential transfer speeds. Although, most microSD cards are slower in practice, and most devices don't attempt to run applications from SD cards. Slightly more than the 32GB internal storage, then.

Western Digital is marketing the card for people who take huge amounts of high-quality photos and videos, whether it be on smartphones, via drones or action cameras. It's the same sort of performance we get with the current line of SanDisk Extreme 160MB/sec cards, and if these perform as well as my 128GB versions, they'll absolutely fly, without any stalling or recording issues.

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