Sandisk loses its distinction as the brand with the highest capacity microSD as Integral Memory flaunts their new product, which maxes out at 512 GB.
As it stands, the previous record holder was a 400 GB model from Sandisk with a 100 MB-per-second transfer speed. With a slower 80 MB-per-second transfer speed, the new 512 GB flash storage from the UK-based manufacturer, unfortunately, makes it incompatible with other device features. Therefore, it will encounter some issues with Android's adoptable storage and on the Nintendo Switch.
Despite some of its limitations mentioned above, the 512 GB microSD card is reportedly ideal for taking full HD videos and photos. The product actually meets the Video Speed Class 10 (V10) standard as indicated by its label.
In addition to smartphones, the manufacturer claims the card's microSDXC format makes it perfect for action cameras, home security cameras, drone cameras, and dashcams.
Cloud Storage Option
Now that most smartphone brands offer cloud-based storage, which is often for free with an option to pay for an even bigger storage allocation, consumers still prefer the security of a removable storage device to keep their files off the grid.
"Consumers have been clear in their call for increased storage, as mobile devices have become essential to many in everyday life," said James Danton, marketing manager for Integral Memory.
"The need to provide extended memory for smartphones, tablets and a growing range of other mobile devices such as action cams drones has been answered. As a company, we are very proud to be the first to achieve the 512GB capacity milestone in microSDXC, worldwide," he added.
Integral has yet to reveal the price for its new 512 GB microSD, which is not expected to be cheap. Sandisk's 400GB model already costs around $250, which should place a quarter more of storage space above its price.
Those who are interested to purchase the new storage option can do so this February.
Integral Memory is a company that started its business when the world embraced the personal computer in 1989. It provided memory modules for computers and data systems. In 1999, the company started to manufacture USB drives and memory cards. Other products sold by Integral include DRAMs, SSDs, and, most recently, LED lighting.
Samsung also recently made headlines as the South Korean electronics company produced the world's first 16 GB GDDR6 DRAM. The race to innovate and be the first among the rest will most likely result in even better technology moving forward.