SanDisk’s 200GB microSD card hits retail

How much storage does your smartphone have right now? 32GB? Maybe 64GB? Or are you a capacity hound who’s taken a phone that’s already packed with tons of internal storage and have augmented that with an extra microSD card for even more space? Earlier this month we told you about the biggest microSD card yet, a 512GB monster (though one with a sky-high $1000 price tag). Second to that, the best option we knew of was the 200GB SanDisk card, announced back during MWC. While quite a bit smaller, this one was also on target to be a heck of a lot more affordable. Now sales of the card are finally getting underway.

Amazon and other retailers are now offering the 200GB SanDisk microSD component for purchase; Amazon’s price comes out to just under $240. Dollar-for-dollar, that’s not the most economic expansion option you’ll find – you’d be paying well over one dollar per gigabyte, while smaller 64GB cards can be had for $25 (giving you several gigabytes per dollar). But this also saves you from having to swap between a bunch of lower-capacity cards, and when you’re dealing with a whole lot of data, sometimes that convenience is well worth paying for.

It’s also worth noting that this 200GB card, even with what it costs, can end up being a lot more affordable than paying the manufacturer premium for a handset with more storage out of the box. Granted, performance issues also weigh in to that consideration, but this is one purchase we could see ourselves finding a way to rationalize.

Source: Amazon
Via: Droid Life

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