SanDisk will soon introduce a 200 GB microSD card, the highest capacity card yet in this tiny format. We got some time with prototypes at Mobile World Congress this week, and also had the opportunity to talk to some SanDisk reps about it.
Build & Design
This card will have the familiar design of previous microSD cards: a thin wafer about the size of a fingernail. This could represent the smallest removable storage will ever get, as reducing it even further would make it hard to people to work with these cards with their comparatively big, clumsy fingers.
The card will use the microSDXC format, so it can be used with any Android or Windows tablet that supports 128 GB cards now.
Typically, each new generation of cards has twice the capacity of its predecessor: 8 GB to 16 GB to 32 GB, etc. We asked a SanDisk rep why this card isn’t 256 GB, twice the size of last year’s 128 GB version, and was told that this upcoming 200 GB card will represent the state-of-the-art in compacting storage into a tiny space – it just isn’t possible to pack in 256 GB yet.
Unlike many of its rivals, SanDisk does its own technology development for memory cards, which is why it is frequently the first to offer cards in higher capacities; it was also the first company to offer a 128 GB microSD card, for example.
This 200 GB card will be able to store up to 20 hours of Full HD (1920×1080) video, over 85,000 songs, or approximately 100,000 pictures.
SanDisk promises that this card will be able to transfer data at up to 90MB/s, as long as this processing is happening over a USB 3.0 connection. How this 200 GB card will perform in the real world will require the sort of testing that can only happen in a full review, however.
The SanDisk 200GB microSD card is going to debut at $399.99, which will obviously make it a luxury item for most people. Still, prices for memory cards tend to drop rapidly – the 128 GB SanDisk card that debuted in Feb. 2014 for $199.99 is now available for $79.99 – indicating that the company’s 200 GB version will be much more affordable in another year or so.
This card will be a boon to those who need to carry around large amounts of video, music, or images and prefer to not to have to deal with the hassle of frequently switching between a collection of smaller cards.
SanDisk says its 200 GB microSD card is scheduled to be released before the end of June.