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SanDisk announces first terabyte microSD card

By Jules Wang February 26, 2019, 12:00 pm

Well, we knew the day would come when we could finally take seriously the notion that a microSD card slot would be able to handle up to 2 terabytes of extra storage. It’s not exactly here yet, but damn it if we weren’t mere days away.

Western Digital has announced a new microSD card from subsidiary SanDisk that packs in a whole terabyte of storage. For posterity, it’s called the SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD card.

Technically, the UHS-I bus speed classification goes as high as 104 megabytes per second — while writing goes as high as 90MB/s, reads go at a blazing fast 160MB/s. The company also touts the A2 classification, signaling that Android phones will be able to run apps off the card very quickly.

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As always, new storage tiers are priced rather expensively. US availability is pegged for April at $449.99. But it’s only taken a year for the 512GB card to go from $400 to $199.99, so we’ll have to see how that goes.

In the meantime, for you lucky Galaxy S10+ owners, enjoy your 2TB phone.

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