If the massive 1TB lurking at the heart of Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 Plus isn’t enough for you, then both Micron and SanDisk have the answer with new UHS-I microSDXC cards launching from both manufacturers at MWC in Barcelona to coincide with the start of the show.
The 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD claims that it leans on parent company Western Digital’s proprietary flash technology to attain read speeds up to 160MBps, which gives it a notable performance advantage over the new c200 1TB Micron card which comes in at only 100MBps. The Micron card though writes quicker; 95MBps compared to the reported Sandisk figure of 90MBps.
You pays your money and you takes your choice. Talking of which, you may be paying quite a lot. The Sandisk’s card’s announced pricing is $499, which given that the company has also unveiled a new Extreme 512GB card for $199 is quite a hike: a 150% markup for a 100% data increase. It will be available in April.
No word yet on the Micron pricing or availability beyond a release in Q2 this year, but given the marked differential in read speeds with the Sandisk card the company will no doubt be under pressure to bring it in at a lower pricepoint.