Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

SanDisk and Micron unveils world’s first 1TB microSD cards

SanDisk and Micron unveils world’s first 1TB microSD cards

Western Digital's (NYSE:WDC) SanDisk unveils the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-1 microSDXC card, which the company says is the "world's fastest" for capturing and moving phones and videos on smartphones, drones, and action cameras. I guess someone should tell the guys at SanDisk and Micron that the world is now preferring cloud storage over local storage.

Micron's announcement appears nearly identical to that of SanDisk, offering a 1TB capacity UHS-I U3 microSD card with A2 performance classification and a V30 minimum sustained write speed. Both will offer enough storage to leave you without the need to buy another SD card ever again.

The SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I 1TB microSD card is priced at $449.99 (around Rs. 32,000) and is now up for pre-order from the official SanDisk website, while select retail partners will start offering the high capacity microSD card in April. That is more than double the cost of a 512GB that will also debut in April, at $199.99. Micron hasn't announced the price of its 1TB microSD card. Yes, you can get a decent phone for that, but does that phone have 1TB of storage?

The SanDisk Extreme will be offered in two capacities: 1TB and 512GB. The SanDisk card won't come cheap, though; the company plans to start selling the card in April for U.S. $450, which is fairly steep considering the price of other capacities. Write speeds for the card, meanwhile, reach up to 90 MB/s. The Micron card though writes quicker; 95MBps compared to the reported Sandisk figure of 90MBps. Micron's card supports the A2 App Performance Class specification which promises faster loading speeds for Android apps and games saved on cards that support it. This new card allows consumers to transfer files in almost half the time over standard UHS-I microSD cards now on the market. "These impressive levels of capacity and speed give consumers the ability to create all the content they want without worrying about space limitations or long transfer times", the company said.

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