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SanDisk announces new super-fast 256GB Extreme UHS-I microSD card

Western Digital-owned SanDisk has announced new 256GB microSD cards, including the super-fast Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card. The new family of high-capacity microSD cards offer something for everyone, whether you wish to add storage to your smartphone or require new medium to store your RAW camera roll.

The 256GB of storage (should your device support said amounts being plugged in) will allow for saving of not only high-quality photos, but also 4K video, high-fidelity music, and more. The Extreme 256GB card from SanDisk delivers transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s, as well as write speeds of up to 90MB/s. The Ultra variant is perfect for smartphones and other portable devices.

As an added bonus, the new cards are both waterproof and shock proof. The Ultra 256GB card will be available in August for $149.99, while the super-fast Extreme will hit stores in Q4 2016 for $199.99.

Press Release

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI, China – June 29, 2016 – Western Digital® Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today introduced a new suite of 256 gigabyte (GB) microSD™ cards, which includes the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme® microSDXC™ UHS-I card – the fastest microSD card in its class. The new suite of cards also includes 256GB SanDisk Ultra® microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, the first 256GB card optimized for mainstream consumers. The new additions deliver leading speed and capacity in a fingernail-sized card, giving smartphone, drone and action camera users the performance and capacity they need to capture professional-grade videos and photos without worrying about running out of space on their device.

"Our microSD cards are now at the center of many consumer devices, and we're excited to not only raise the bar with the launch of the world's fastest microSD card, but to also offer a family of 256GB microSD cards that give consumers the flexibility they need to capture life at its fullest," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of SanDisk product marketing, Western Digital. "As a leading global storage provider with one of the most trusted flash brands, we take pride in transforming the way consumers capture, store and share their content."

Whether taking pictures, shooting 4K UHD or Full HD video, or storing high-fidelity music, the new 256GB cards give consumers the freedom to capture and carry a massive amount of content on their devices without concern about storage limitations.

"At DJI we focus on creating easy-to-use drone technology for consumers to capture everyday exploration and photography, and our customers need quick and reliable access to their high quality aerial footage," said Eli Morgan Harris, strategic partnerships, DJI. "With the new 256GB SanDisk microSD UHS-I cards, they now have greater flexibility to capture their content on high-performance storage and the peace of mind knowing they can continue shooting when it matters most."

The Ultimate Combination of Capacity and Performance

The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card delivers unmatched transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s**, allowing users to save time transferring large files, as well as write speeds of up to 90MB/s** for rapid capture of photos. Users can record an estimated 14 hours of 4K UHD video1 on the 256GB card, making it ideal for high-performance drones, action cameras, and 4K-capable smartphones, among other devices.

The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, is ideal for Android-based smartphone and tablet users who don't want to worry about running out of space on their devices. The new card is capable of storing more than 24 hours of Full HD video1, and also features premium transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s**. At this speed people can move files quickly – up to 1,200 photos in just one minute2.

Built to perform in harsh conditions, the new cards3 are also waterproof, temperature-proof, shock proof, and X-ray proof. Additionally, the SanDisk microSD card line up is compatible with the SanDisk® Memory Zone app for Android™, giving users an easy way to manage and back up content on their device. The app is available for free through the Google Play™ Store4.

Heritage of Memory Card Innovation

The new suite of cards is the latest breakthrough offering to join the cutting-edge SanDisk portfolio of mobile memory solutions. The first to introduce 128GB and 200GB microSDXC, and 512GB SDXC™ high-capacity cards, SanDisk continues to pioneer technology that keeps up with consumers' evolving storage needs.

Pricing and Availability

The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, will be available worldwide in August 2016 with a U.S. MSRP of $149.99. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card will be available worldwide in calendar Q4 2016 with a U.S. MSRP of $199.99.

The complete line of SanDisk microSD cards can be purchased at more than 300,000 retailers worldwide.

31 Comments
  • I've often wondered if the 200GB version is just the 256GB version just with bad sectors or something? Now they have gotten the yeild high enough to introduce the 256GB version. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The 200GB card, when it was first released, was the maximum amount of memory that could be manufactured in the MicroSD form factor, because of physical limitations (in manufacturing, I assume). Obviously, they've now overcome those limitations. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does S7 support this? Hopefully 64gb full when at a decent price Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes, if it supports the SDXC standard, these will work.
  • Every phone that supports xc supports up to 2TB size cards. The price for the extreme version isn't that bad thought it would've bern 249.99 or 299.99. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just what I needed for my Moto e. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wouldn't these cards be more expensive than the phone itself?
  • That's like putting $2,000 rims on a $500 2001 Honda Civic....
  • And yet I still see people doing that to this very day. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here, and I laugh every time I see it.
  • Great. Won't work in my S7 edge. Posted via the Android Central App on the S7 edge
  • Yes it will. The S7 supports the SDXC standard, so these will work. Samsung may have advertised "up to 128gb" because that was the most that was available when the S7 was released.
  • They will. Very much so. Samsung's statement of "up to 200GB" was when 200GB was the largest commercially-available amount of storage one could get on an SD card. The S7 supports the SDXC standard, which means it can support cards up to 2TB in capacity.
  • It will.
  • Will this work with the S6?
  • Sure... just hit with hammer and insert somewhere in the cracks.... Should kinda maybe work? :-)
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you use the offgrid case yes it will Posted via the Android Central App
  • You realize that the S6 doesn't have a microSD slot, right?
  • I don't think he does, hence his question. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think it was meant as a joke.
  • Quite honestly, I'm not sure anymore.
  • It should work with an OTG adapter, I would think.
  • LMAO, one TB is next Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nah 512, normally. Then 1Tb. Or at least that's how it went with traditional hard drives back in the day. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Having that much storage is not to be sniffed at.... but if you are gazing at it in an old wooden house with loose floorboards and cracks everywhere... It's nothing to be sneezed at either. They're just tiny.
    Practice throwing two hundred dollar bills in to a fast flowing river.
    Be careful out there!
  • Did the Samsung 256 ever actually hit stores? They said it would be June and June is almost over? Will be interesting to see if this card is purchasable before the Samsung.
  • Is there a practical limit to card size? If so - is it based on speed, or the reliability of the technology we are using. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 15 left at Amazon
    https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Select-Micro-Memory-256GB/dp/B01G7L03OS/r...
  • Lovely... Posted via the Android Central App
  • My adoptable storage card...I knew it was worth waiting for Android :) Storage...storage everywhere *insert meme here* Posted via the Android Central App