The age of expandable storage in Android devices is back. The dark ages of Samsung foregoing microSD slots is over, and both the LG and Samsung have included expandable storage in their flagships. What better time to announce a new microSD card?
SanDisk has announced the new Extreme PRO UHS-II microSD card, which more than triples the transfer speeds of the previous Extreme UHS-I card, boasting a 275MB/s speed compared to the old 90MB/s. That’s pretty incredible, but the price reflects the speed.
With such crazy speeds, storage begins at 64GB. The 64GB card will cost $179.99, while the 128GB card will cost $299.99. We doubt many will pay that much on day one, but the prices will come down quickly and become far more affordable with time, as is always the case with expandable storage.
If microSD cards aren’t your thing (Nexus users, this if for you), SanDisk also announced USB Type-C flash drives with read speeds up to 150MB/s. These are available in sizes from 16GB to 128GB and are far more affordable ($19.99 to $79.99).