Microdia unveils 512 GB microSD card, although it costs a bomb!

Microdia unveils 512 GB microSD card, although it costs a bomb!
Microdia has just taken the wraps off the world's first 512 GB microSD card, which is more than double the 200 GB maximum capacity currently available on the market. SanDisk, the maker of the Ultra microSDXC presently acclaimed as the world's highest-capacity microSD card, has long been considered the driving force behind this market, setting new benchmarks time and again. But at this year's Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, Microdia has certainly seized the initiative. 

At a time when mass storage is generally becoming cheaper to avail, Microdia's Xtra Elite 512 GB microSD card bucks the trend in quite emphatic fashion. If the idea of carrying a half-terabyte of data in a fingernail-sized package appeals to you, expect to pony up around $1,000 for the privilege of doing so. That's an eye-watering amount of money to part with, no doubt, but then again, this is the very first of its kind. 

The Xtra Elite will likely hit the market next month, supporting the UHS standard with speeds of up to 300 MB/s. The card is based on the SD 4.0 standard, which includes a secondary row of pins, so if your device doesn't meet the SD 4.0 requirements, you'll only be able to hit speeds of half that, or around 150 MB/s.

It's a giant leap as far as microSD tech is concerned, but would you consider buying the Xtra Elite? As a data hoarder firm believer that one can never have enough storage, I'd love to have 512 GB to play around with, even if I never got close to using it all. 

With that said, at a thousand bucks, I think I'll give it a miss for the time being!

source: CNet via GSMArena

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23 Comments

1. Medicdroid1

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

No thanks!

7. waddup121 unregistered

bruhhhhh

17. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Yes thanks, when the price drops to about 50 bucks! :)

18. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Oh but if you can afford $950 for a micro SD card, i'm sure $1000 isn't out of too much reason rich guy ;)

22. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol he means when the price of the card drops to $50, not when the initial prices drops $50 less.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

microSD is suppose to be affordable storage. I will just keep my 128GB microSD card for my Tab S.

8. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

$1000 is affordable, for the professionals. Meanwhile at the Samsung S6 and iPhone department...

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

$1000 really isn't expensive for 512gb, we were paying much more for much less only a year or so ago. At this size Sony XQD cards were the only choice.

23. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

If it's not expensive then go buy one, because I know I'm NOT going to.

3. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Now whose going to laugh now at LG G4 having a 2TB compatible sd slot? But seriously, this is good news for professional raw file photogs and 4k recorders.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Almost ever phone that is the bottom of the low end is compatible with 2TB cards. LG aren't the only company with them.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And I thought Sony's ridiculously priced 64GB card was expensive. No thanks. The $30 I spent for my 64GB card is enough.

6. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That $30 64gb you got will soon become $15 if they will continue this trend. I am predicting before that smartphones will someday replace massive external storage just like it killed mp3 players and we are becoming closer to that 1tb phone storage.

5. RajRicardo

Posts: 489; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Can pair it with Xperia Z4 tablet once the prices come down to somewhere around $300.

9. jonathanalexander9

Posts: 61; Member since: May 04, 2015

i like it,but it should be only around $250-$300

11. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Third is only good for the professionals like using it as a storage for films since it takes a huge amount of space.

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Geeze, prices and everything else aside. 512 gb on something that small, that's insane, so very very insane and amazing.

14. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

And the phone will slow down

19. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Still living in 2010?

15. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

At the price of about $40 per 64GB I rather buy 10 of the 64GB ones. Comes out $600 cheaper lol

20. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It will always be expensive on first sales for a breakthrough technology. Just for nostalgic reasons, first commercial ibm computer was sold for around $1500 and we all know how rich a person is if they got a grand during the 1980's.

16. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Phones are meant to replace Latops in the future . so in 5 years , 1 TB microsd will be affoardable . it is meant for people who want to have one Device .

21. Krjal

Posts: 425; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

What phones actually include the full SD 4.0 equipment?

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