SD cards are getting more data jam packed every few months, and SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK) is ready to extend the limits of SD cards yet again, as it launches the world’s very first 512GB SD card.
The Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I is designated as a rugged, standard use SD card, but don’t let its appearance fool you. With a whopping 512GB storage space, it beats out most of the latest and recently released standard SD cards by at least twice or even four times as much. As SanDisk advertises it, the new SD card will be perfect for saving lots of high resolution media, the type data that families and friends would probably want tons on memorable events and occasions.
But it’s not just heavy duty storage we’re talking about in this new SD card, because it also boasts heavy duty physical protection. SanDisk claims that aside from its shock resistance, it is also adequately protected against electromagnetic radiation (x-rays to be specific), and is sufficiently waterproof.
Speed spec-wise, the Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I has an optimal write speed of 90MB/sec and read speed of 95MB/sec. It also has a UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) standard, and will be available in smaller capacities of 256GB and 128GB.
If you’re interested in picking up the hefty 512GB version of the Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I, then be prepared, because it comes at an equally hefty price of $800.00. Well, at least you get to enjoy the raw, direct laptop-level storage capacity of this gargantuan SD card on your tablet or smartphone.
On an added note, it is quite interesting to consider that the release year of SanDisk’s very first 512MB SD card was during 2003, at least a decade before the Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I. A thousand times more storage capacity in about eleven years, “yet maintains the same size footprint“.