Huawei's new nanoSD cards will cost quite a bit more than microSDs

Huawei's new nanoSD cards will cost quite a bit more than microSDs
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.

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Mate 20
  • 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
Mate 20 Pro
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh



1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Worth it with what we're getting with this device.

10. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

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.

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It won't hurt sales too much considering other 'premium' brands don't even offer expandable storage. $20 more isn't really that big a deal.

24. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I know some Japanese brand that offers proprietary expandable storage that didn't go well. Huawei should learn from that mistake.

23. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Considering Mate 20 price, they should include 128GB for free (or at least give it as pre-order gift, just like what Samsung did.)

2. JCASS889

Posts: 568; Member since: May 18, 2018

so i should abandon my 512gb microsd card to use this phone? i think not

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 641; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Basically hahaha

4. JCASS889

Posts: 568; Member since: May 18, 2018

no thanks, huawei is pulling what sony did for the VIta.

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Uh... Try to use scissor, it might work.

5. TechNeck

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Huawei is pulling an Apple by doing this. Bad idea fr.

6. delta

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

Only hdmi output it's what's keeping me away for buying the pocophone f1, but other brands are make me want to buy it anyway, i will try google chrome i guess.

8. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Apple policy.... If Similar strategies of Apple is acceptable. Then you cant complain about others doing something to similar to make money..

17. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 926; Member since: May 07, 2014

Neither is acceptable

12. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Proprietary memory cards are bad however you look at it. Be it Huawei or any other brand.

14. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They're trying to become apple having their own ecosystem.

13. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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.

16. alligator

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

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.

19. w159148

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Imagine if Apple did this, the internet would explode with people hating on Apple for this.

20. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Just wait a few days. The internet WILL explode :-)

25. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

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!

21. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

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.

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