September 1, 2017

The World's Highest-Capacity microSD Card Can Now Be Yours

With SanDisk's 400GB card, you don't have to worry about your storage problems anymore.

SanDisk is bringing the microSD card game to new heights. Yesterday at the IFA consumer electronics tradeshow, the company unveiled what is now the world's highest capacity microSD card. At 400GB, the SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card has 144GB more storage than any other microSD card on the market.

The new card is ridiculously fast. It supports 100MB read speed, A1 app performance, and UHS Speed Class 1. That's a lot of storage power for such a tiny card. That translates to about 1,200 photos per minute.  It’s also rated for full 1080p video.

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Sven Rathjen, VP of product market at SanDisk's parent company Western Digital, credits the achievement to striving to be atop the market. “By focusing on achieving new technology milestones," he explained, "we enable consumers to keep up with their mobile-centric lifestyles with storage solutions they trust.”

Wired went ahead and crushed some numbers to help consumers realize just what this baby is capable of and released a pretty funny list of items you could store on it, including:

  • 40 hours of 1080p home video
  • 105 copies of The Lion King in HD
  • 62 copies of Sports Night: Season 1 in SD
  • 6,825 copies of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” (video)
  • 54,794 copies of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” (mp3)
  • 250,000 GIFs of Minions laughing in the snow
  • 4,683 episodes of the Comedy Bang Bang podcast (they've made 506 so far)
  • 70,633 copies of the King James Bible
  • 551,724 copies of The Bible for Dummies®, Mini Edition
  • 67,796 photos taken with a Samsung Galaxy S7
  • 80,000,000 New York Times Sunday crossword puzzles
  • Almost two-thirds of the entire GeoCities archive

You aren't gonna get this new card cheap. SanDisk’s previous top of the line 256GB card goes for $199.99. The new 400GB card will cost you $249.99. You can purchase it here.      

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if this card is fast enough to handle 4k raw...which i'm not sure that it is..(yet)... you may see camera and recorder designs changing ..ie: smaller, cheaper, eliminating SSD's ... pretty cool !!

September 1, 2017 at 1:54PM

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Yes, the write speed is considerably lower than the 100MB/s read speed. The card is suitable for phone level 1080p video capture. Not 4k, raw or prores judging by their product page.

September 1, 2017 at 2:21PM

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that stinks, so this card is aimed at the real serious phone cinematographer?

September 1, 2017 at 4:59PM

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Daniel
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Or the teens that never delete their camera roll. If anything, it does seem more aimed to photography, and phones.

September 2, 2017 at 12:55AM

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Craig Douglas
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October 14, 2017 at 12:19AM, Edited October 14, 12:23AM

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Wayne M
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Michael, that lineup is marked fullHD, but what speed. It could be upto 36mb/s, which means that 36mb/s 4k might work for your phone if it can do it. But 50-75mb/s is more pro, and 4k consumer nodes on good phones might start at 100mb/s. So, a lot of research to determine, as the maximum consistent write speeds need a continuous storage segment, and vary with use from heat generated, and the write speed under ideal circumstances is normally a small fraction maxinum read speed quoted on the cards.

October 14, 2017 at 12:23AM

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Wayne M
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Great...!!
The capacity is becoming a "no problem" nowadays.
Anyway, 4K is to be included.

September 4, 2017 at 4:19AM

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Sameir Ali
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So small in real terms.

To do a professional phone you need something like a bigger side swappable card format. They could make this format thicker to do that. A terabyte+ could then fit in fir 300mb/s+ filming. It would be a very small increase to the standard. The slots would be slotted for each thickness, the extra high card with a groves at each card height, then phones could be made to support whatever height and just by a card of that height or less. However, practically only a certain hieght is desirable andonly some phones will go for more than maybe 4 card hieghts on the side.

A real simple solution is to have surface contacts on the edge of the phone back or side based on TB/USB3x, but able to take displayport/HDMI/modules like camera module. The case, or module, would contact the contacts and you plug in the external storage flat USB like stick (or card, cfast etc) into the case (the case becomes a dumb module). The scheme being very compact allows for a string of these contacts, representing a number of ports. So a phobe has surface area enough fur even hundreds, so long term there is not much worry about not enough capacity. Keeping it USB/TB allows for done backwards compatibility with older modules (these modules can including things like a wireless news feed back to a van, or a module for a complete eng eco system on camera and on your belt). Now, when the contacts are not being used they are turned off through keying, so don't present danger to holder or the equipment. As flat contacts they are water and dust proof. It is very cheap to implement, but the problem is breaking them off chips, so when optical comes there might get a way to break them off chip in optical form then to contacts. One thing to figure out is where to center the contacts, on the back edge or side edge, as they have to run then to ideal spots for storage etc, preferably on the same place. So, do we want a call era phone shooting case where storage is horizontally mounted under the phone plane, or a thicker case with storage and extra battery mounted behind the phone etc. Once the desirability of each case us figured out, the finale position would be settled. The contacts then spread along the case from the position choose, even to adjoining edges. Simple.

October 13, 2017 at 11:37PM

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Wayne M
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