Would You Need A 512GB SD Card? SanDisk Already Provides One
The increasing size of applications, photos and videos is demanding for increased storage in our devices especially the handheld ones. Latest smartphones like LG G3 support 2K resolution and normal users are now able to record full HD videos. The biggest limitation is the storage capacity. These high-res HD videos need a lot of space. A mere 5-minutes video would cover hundreds of MBs.
If we increase the native storage capacity of smartphones, it significantly increases the cost as we have seen in the case of majority of smartphones. 16GB version of Nexus 5 costs $349 while 32GB Nexus 5 costs $399. Similarly, Oneplus One’s 64GB version costs much more than 32GB version.
On the other hand, we can make our devices support large SD cards. This approach seems feasible and SanDisk has already took its step to offer the largest SD card. They launched SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I that can carry around 512GB of data.
Who would ever need a 512GB SD card for handheld devices? Photographers would. Professional photographers and videographers need a lot of space in their cameras if they want to record 4K-resolution videos, and take high definition photos. The company has launched this card to target such community.
SanDisk also launched a microSD card back in 2012 that supports up to 128GB. Handheld devices especially smartphones and cameras are useless if they don’t have a lot of space. These cards make the device joyful for an enthusiast user.
But clearly we don’t need that much space in our smartphones yet. We might need it later as the technology is progressing and following Moore’s law. Galaxy Note 4 will support Samsung’s virtual reality headset and it might need a lot of memory to do so. But smartphones do not support such large-spaced SD cards so we will have to use the 128GB version if required.
SanDisk, being the only provider of such kind of SD card, has put a price tag of $799. SanDisk’s Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I will come in 256 GB and 128 GB as well.
We hope that other manufacturers in the market also start developing such cards and the price is decreased.