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Samsung’s 256GB microSD card is the new king of the castle

by Todd Haselton | May 14, 2016May 14, 2016 2:00 pm PST


Samsung this week introduced the first mainstream 256GB microSD card, at least to my knowledge. Until now, consumers in the U.S. were limited with a 200GB microSD card offered by SanDisk. It’s still a far cry from the 2TB cards that most modern smartphones support, but we’re getting there.

Samsung’s “EVO Plus 256GB microSD card” is technically the highest capacity in its class, Samsung said, noting that it supports read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s. Samsung said the speeds are perfect for recording high-quality media, like 4K or 360-degree video, to your smartphone or tablet. Those speeds are also good in case you want to transfer content to and from your tablet or smartphone and your computer, too. Samsung even offers a 10-year warranty on the 256GB microSD card, which is attractive to me considering the rate at which I seem to damage the dang things.

The EVO Plus 256GB microSD card will launch ion the U.S., Europe and China (and more than 50 countries in total) in June for $249.99. That ain’t cheap, considering the 200GB SanDisk microSD card retails for about $80. You can buy that card below.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...