512GB microSD card debuts, for when your phone needs ALL the storage
Page through the spec listings for a modern smartphone that supports microSD expansion, and you might find yourself doing a double-take. “Supports microSD cards up to 2TB in size? My phone’s going to have more storage than it knows what to do with!” Problem is, that 2TB figure is a theoretical maximum; the standards your phone supports allow it to talk to microSD cards up to that limit, but no one’s even close to making anything that big. Instead, we’re stuck with 32GB, 64GB, or even the occasional 128GB card. Boundaries are meant to pushed, though, and at Computex in Taipei one manufacturer just announced the biggest microSD card to date, with a capacity of 512GB.
The 512GB card comes from Microdia, which plans to start sales of the component next month. As should be expected, that kind of capacity comes at a price – one that does not scale linearly with card size. And while you may be able to find a 128GB microSD card for $80 or even SanDisk’s new 200GB card for $250, Microdia’s 512GB card will set you back close to $1000 – the final retail price isn’t yet set, but it should be in that ballpark.
As a result, don’t expect to see 512GB cards flying off the shelves, but their pending availability is still a big step forward for mobile storage; cards will just get larger and more affordable as time goes on, and in a couple years maybe you really will be considering picking up a 512GB card with your new phone. Well, assuming OEMs are still building smartphones with microSD support by then, anyway.