Get up to 256GB storage more on your phone: SanDisk unveils two new 256GB MicroSD cards


If you're looking to get the most storage in your phone, a microSD card to expand the built-in storage is the best option. If your phone supports it, of course.

Now, you have two new options when it comes to the highest capacity microSD cards out there: SanDisk has just launched its two new 256GB microSDXC cards on the market.

The first one, the SanDisk Extreme MicroSDXC UHS-I, is the faster of the two and is listed to have UHS Speed Class 3, which should allow you to capture 4K video on it. The second one, the SanDisk Ultra MicroSDXC UHS-I card, Ultra Edition, has transfer speeds of 95MB/s and is said to be more suitable for 1080p Full HD video recordings.

The faster, Extreme edition is also a great fit for action cameras, while the Ultra Edition would be more suitable for storing and recording less data-intensive formats. Both cards are Class 10.

The 256GB Extreme edition card will sell for $200 and the release date is set for Q4 2016, while the 256GB Ultra version will retail for $150 and go on sale in August.

Keep in mind that these are the highest capacity microSD cards on the market right now and that explains their higher-than-usual price. If you are not really in need of the most storage, you should definitely consider a lower-capacity model such as 64 gig and 128 gig models that sell for a much better price-per-gigabyte of data.

source: SanDisk (Extreme), (Ultra)

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18 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

give it a year and it will cost up to 30$ and really how need this amount of storage in his smartphone !

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Plenty of people require 256GB in their smartphone. Many use their smartphones for entertainment, loading high quality music, recording HD1080P@60FPS and 4K@30FPS videos, loading large high quality movies etc etc... I remember there was a time when people asked why anyone needs anything more than 16GB in a phone, now 16GB is seen as paltry.

6. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Hear, hear. I have a lot of keepsake video with me at all times. It's all backed up in one way or another but I need instant access to large chunks of media. Hence, I need a device with big storage capability; built-in and otherwise.

7. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

My first SD card (yes, the full-sized card) purchased for my Palm Treo 650 in early December of '04 was 1 Gigabyte costing $100 at the now (sadly) defunct CompUSA in Dunwoody, Georgia. I also bought the identical set-up for my fiancée and sent the combo overnight to her via UPS up in Philadelphia. She was even more thrilled to have the (then) up-to-date tech than I was. Still have the Treo, which works as well as the still-viable SD card.

11. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Only iPhone users would make such a stupid comment, smh who need this much storage in their phones...

3. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... YES, LET'S KEEP PUSHING AWAY THE LIMIT! THERE'S NO REASON WHY WE CAN'T EVEN GO 1TB ON A PHONE, AFTER ALL, THERE'S ALWAYS A SPACE ON THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH

4. BobLawblaw unregistered

Why are ya shouting?

5. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

And which phones actually support that amount? Almost any phone lists up to 200GB in the specs.

9. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

That does not mean that they can not handle more, nearly all handsets support more than listed on speclist. By the way, there are a lot phones promoted with up to 2 TB.

10. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Practically every phone. Back when phones listed support up to 32 GB, 64 GB worked fine too, as did 128 GB later, etc. It just means that the higher capacity didn't exist at the time.

12. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I think everything phone which is supposed to handle 128 GB and 200 GB can actually handle 256 GB.

15. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

All phones that list 200GB, does supports +256GB. Reason it doesnt list higher than 200GB, because +256GB cards arent out for sales yet and not only smartphones use micosd. Other devices like DLSR also use microsd as storage.

18. Brewski

Posts: 691; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

My current phone supports 2TB. As did the last two I've owned. As will the next one I am planning on buying. Move along, pleeb.

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

This might be overkill for a phone but I could definitely see this working for a dslr or a surface and surface like devices...

13. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

512GB & 1TB is what i am interested in. I could have my full FLAC collection as well as my MKV Movie collection on the go!! none of that silly cloud space.

14. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Me too! I'll take every Star Trek series with me then. 200 still isn't enough lol.

16. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

If anything, I'd rather my Mobile Device have almost the same if not the same amount of storage as my laptop. After all, my Smartphone is the one that is with me 99% of the time. 1TB is ideal, IMO. Our phones are so powerful these days, they can handle tons of memory these days.

17. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You can have 512GB SD or larger capacity on your phone today by buying SD to microSD card adapter. It's usually made of flexible ribbon, so that you can plug the business end into microSD slot and plug full sized SD card in the other end. Of course, this will work only for old fashioned smart phones with removable back cover, where there is plenty of space to house an adapter.

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