Huawei's new nanoSD cards will cost quite a bit more than microSDs
by Joshua Swingle / Oct 12, 2018, 9:48 AM
Leaked Huawei Mate 20 Pro press render
A few weeks ago, it was revealed that Huawei’s Mate 20 devices would offer expandable storage. But instead of sticking to the more traditional microSD method, it turns out Huawei has developed its own storage cards dubbed “NanoSDs.”
As the name suggests, these cards will be slightly smaller than traditional microSD cards. In fact, they are expected to match the dimensions of NanoSIMs. They will also use the Emmc 4.5 protocol for reading speeds of up to 90MB per second. However, as is unfortunately the case with proprietary solutions and new technologies, the price will naturally be higher than the usual microSD solution. More specifically, the 128GB version is set to cost €49.99 in Europe which equates to around $57.
For reference, 128GB microSD cards from the likes of SanDisk or Samsung tend to cost between $30 and $35, which means Huawei consumers will be forced to pay quite a bit of a premium in order to expand the internal storage of their new devices.
Speaking of premiums, the pricing of Huawei’s devices is also set to go up this year. Specifically, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro in its base configuration of 6/128GB will cost £899 in the UK, £130 more than last year’s Mate 10 Pro.
- Display 6.5" 1080 x 2244 pixels
- Camera 12 MP / 24 MP front
- Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
- Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
- Battery 4000 mAh
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Worth it with what we're getting with this device.
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 9:52 AM 4
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If Huawei want this nanoSD to became popular, they should price it at the level of microSD. Otherwise, people will resist to such act of profitability. And this could ruin the sells of Mate 20 Pro as well.
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 11:41 AM 5
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so i should abandon my 512gb microsd card to use this phone? i think not
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 9:57 AM 12
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90 Mbps is less than 20% of my mobile internet speeds (40% of what I often get when I'm outside - in urban areas - and 100% of my average - urban+rural areas)... It's less than 15% of my internal storage speeds (and I have the "slow" 32 GB version).
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 11:13 AM 1
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Megabytes is not the same as Megabits (which is what your internet speed is measured in). 1 Megabyte is 8 Megabits
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 11:29 AM 5
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Apple policy.... If Similar strategies of Apple is acceptable. Then you cant complain about others doing something to similar to make money..
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 11:17 AM 1
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Proprietary memory cards are bad however you look at it. Be it Huawei or any other brand.
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 11:44 AM 3
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Stick to standards huawei, micro-sd is already small and the big guns are planning to release 1tb models sometime in the future. Your nano-sd move is brave but you have to sway people away very hard from their current 128 and 200gb's.
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 1:25 PM 3
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Huawei are becoming the Chinese Apple. If you want to be more aggressive on the market you should give more options to the customers and don't force them to use just one brand of SD card which will be usually at highest possible price.
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 1:48 PM 2
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Imagine if Apple did this, the internet would explode with people hating on Apple for this.
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 3:38 PM 0
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Apple currently doesn't give you sd card card support on their iPhones & it doesn't look like they ever will. So I don't have to "imagine if... ". We're talking about a company who's very business model is to ensure incompatibility with all existing industry standards. They won't even switch their charging port to type c!
posted on Oct 13, 2018, 11:04 PM 0
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If you are trying to make it an industry standard it's understandable, but PROPRIETARY? Are you f****** serious Huawei? Stop trying to milk extra $$$ from consumer, your new flagships are already quite expensive, I don't wanna pay another $60 to get an external storage that has absolutely no compatibility with other phones! Bad move Huawei, bad move.
posted on Oct 12, 2018, 7:53 PM 3
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