SanDisk unveils its 200 GB microSD card: brings huge storage space in a tiny size

SanDisk unveils its 200 GB microSD card: brings huge storage space in a tiny size

SanDisk has announced the world's first 200 GB microSD card, which will be available to buy from Q2 2015. The memory card manufacturer gave details at MWC 2015, including the microSD card's hefty price tag.

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SanDisk has created the world's biggest-capacity microSD card. / © NextPit

Storage capacity has long been a problem for smartphone and tablet owners - particularly as these devices have come to replace PCs for many people. A 200 GB microSD would solve many such problems, although the announced price tag of 399.99 USD could prove too woeful on the wallet for many potential customers.

Currently, you can buy microSD cards offering up to 128 GB storage, with most mid- to high-end phones letting you take advantage of this capacity. Lower-end devices tend to go up to 32 GB, because they don't support the SDXC microSD format. However, if you have a phone that supports the SDXC microSD card standard, then you should be able to use SanDisk's 200 GB beast without any problem.

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The world's first 200 GB microSD card, and it comes with huge storage space and a hefty price. / © ANDROIDPIT

Major smartphone manufacturers can't seem to make up their minds on the merits of microSD storage in smartphones and tablets. Samsung, for example, revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S6 doesn't have a microSD slot, instead offering variants with up to 128 GB of internal capacity. You could wonder if Samsung is ruing its decision in light of SanDisk's announcement.

Are you willing to spend as much on a 200 GB microSD card as you would on a solid mid- to high-end smartphone, or a games console, or any number of things that are probably more exciting than extra storage space on your phone? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Bob Balser Aug 2, 2015 Link to comment

    I have a 128Gb sd micro card in my Galaxy S4 phone working fine with 19500 MP3 tunes on it

  • Larry R. Mar 9, 2015 Link to comment

    I would love to have it but, as always, I can wait till the price comes down.

  • Bojan M. Mar 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Yeah, in like two years or so and with a normal price tag, if needed at all.

    I actually went and preordered Saygus V2. With its internal 64 GB and my 64 GB card, I will buy another one of those 64 GB for as low as 40$ and that's like 192 GB of storage (minus OS and apps), which will be enough for quite some time.

  • msa Mar 4, 2015 Link to comment

    200 GB? this is so wrong... what happened to the powers of 2?

    • Bojan M. Mar 4, 2015 Link to comment

      Ha! I agree, don't like the number, but I actually didn't notice, thank you for pointing out.

    • Matthew Mar 22, 2015 Link to comment

      Interesting of you to notice... Ever heard of the Gibibyte? Mebibyte? Kibibyte? No, I'm not making those words up. They are unit names established by the IEC to help make kilo, mega, giga, etc unambiguous. Given that giga is already a metric system prefix that refers to 10^9, it is abuse of notation that it also _might_ refer to 1024^3. So, GB is 10^9 bytes and GiB is 1024^3. However, this nuance is probably too difficult for the average consumer and it seems that even storage companies freely express numbers as either GB or GiB in actuality but always seem to write "GB" even if "GiB" is meant.

      But as far as powers of 2 overall. Storage always seems to be in powers of 2 because it relates to addressable space. Since the memory/storage location is referred to by a binary address, and each location must generally have its own specific address, then the amount of addressable space is generally going to be some power of two.... However, if Sandisk doesn't have the technology to physically cram enough storage material into this microSD card then, though more memory would be addressable, they only physically have 200GiB of it.

  • Leonardo Mar 4, 2015 Link to comment Ferrell said earlier the dual connector seem to be the better choice, since it will work in almost all smart devices...I have one of the leefbridge 32GB that work great for me so far.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 4, 2015 Link to comment

    There'll be slower and slower due to the massive storage size. And less phone to support this type of micro SD card, and for the SD card, you need to buy a phone that you may dislike for it. not verdict.

  • Sean Stockemer Mar 4, 2015 Link to comment

    so with this, the V2 could hold more than a half a terabyte...if one was willing to drop dime twice on cards that would ultimately cost more than the phone. There's a German word for this- übertrieben.

  • Ferrell Brown Mar 4, 2015 Link to comment

    it's getting harder and harder to justify using one of these. on my LG g3 I make a habit of saving about everything to the sdcard. now if I jump to the galaxy s6 I got a ton if hoops to jump through. I think that the USB dual drive with a micro connector on one end and a regular USB on the other is looking now a days the better choice .

  • Moni Mihailov Mar 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Noone would buy this thing.

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