MicroSD inclusion in phones doesn't matter as much as it used to, since storage has been getting cheaper so the phones themselves come with ridiculous amounts of space. But there are still lots of reasons you might want to whack a huge memory card in your smartphone, and SanDisk and Micron have got your back.
Both brands unveiled microSD cards with a whopping 1TB of storage – that's a million megabytes, fact fans – this morning at MWC.
SanDisk's is faster, but both cards offer ample space and impressive read and write speeds, making them ideal for things like 4K video and photography.
The cards don't just offer a lot of storage: they also meet the app performance Class 2 spec, meaning apps and games stored on the card load and run faster on Android phones.
Micron's C200 promises read speeds of up to 100MB a second and write speeds of 95MB a second and will be "broadly available" in Q2 this year. No word on pricing yet, though.
Meanwhile, SanDisk's SanDisk Extreme UHS-I can read at up to 160MB a second, with write speeds of 90MB/s. It can be preordered now at SanDisk.com, and will be available from "select retailers" in April. It'll cost $449.99, which converts to about £345, but we wouldn't be surprised if it was more like £400 over here.
Brian Pridgeon, director of marketing for SanDisk-branded products at Western Digital, comments:
"People trust SanDisk-brand cards to capture and preserve their world. Our goal is to deliver the best possible experience so consumers can share the content that’s important to them."
And Aravind Ramamoorthy, senior director of NAND solutions at Micron, comments:
"The new c200 1TB microSD card gives consumers the freedom to capture, share, store and enjoy more content while supporting their mobile-centric lifestyles."
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