Storage demands on both consumers and businesses are ever-increasing. Just last year, Samsung announced a 400GB microSD card for use in phones, tablets, cameras, and more. I recently visited CES in Las Vegas and had multiple 256GB microSD cards with me in case I needed to capture tons of footage or have a second backup medium.

Until now, 400GB has been the ceiling of microSD cards, with the SDXC standard supporting up to 2TB drives “in theory.” Well, we’re one step closer to proving that theory with Integral Memory’s latest announcement, a record-breaking 512GB microSD card.

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This microSD card features a Class 10 rating, meaning it can capture Full HD (1080p) video without a problem. Sadly, this card is just a little too slow to capture 4K content, but at 512GB of storage in a form factor this small, there were bound to be some trade-offs.

Why would someone need a microSD card with this much storage, you might ask? Think about it: as video gets higher in its resolution, the files do the same. Equally, stored photos and videos from our phones can take up plenty of space.

DJI just announced the Mavic Air drone today, and while the new aerial vehicle shoots 4K30 video, it also shoots 1080p120 video. What does this mean? Well, high-speed video like that takes up quite a bit of room, and having a 512GB microSD card onboard would help in making sure you’ll never run out of room while capturing that awesome skateboarding move in slow-motion.

There is no price announced yet for Integral Memory’s 512GB microSD card, but the official product launch is slated to happen in February so we will know more then. In the meantime, if you need tons of storage on your phone, drone, or computer, SanDisk’s 400GB microSD card is ready and available for purchase, if you’d be willing to plop down the $250 required.

We expect the 512GB microSD card from Integral Memory to be slightly more expensive than SanDisk’s offering.

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Europe-wide memory specialist Integral Memory plc has beaten all competitors and answered a growing need for increased capacity on mobile devices. Their new 512GB microSDXC™ V10, UHS-I U1 card provides all compatible Android™ smartphones and tablets with a massive memory boost, enabling users to create, store and share more photos and videos and enjoy app and music downloads – without the worry of running out of storage space.

The card meets the Video Speed Class 10 (V10) standard, ensuring fast data transfer and making the capture of Full HD video on devices including digital cameras, action cams, drones and camcorders quicker and more reliable. Essentially, users can capture more stills and footage thanks to the huge 512GB capacity.

“Consumers have been clear in their call for increased storage, as mobile devices have become essential to many in everyday life,” commented James Danton, marketing manager, Integral Memory. “The need to provide extended memory for smartphones, tablets and a growing range of other mobile devices such as action cams and drones has been answered. As a company, we are very proud to be the first to achieve the 512GB capacity milestone in microSDXC, worldwide”.

Developments in cloud-based storage solutions have raised questions about the future role of memory cards, yet consumer lifestyles have embraced the microSD memory card format more than ever. The popularity of photo and video based apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Netflix and other downloadable video services are driving the demand for higher storage capacity on mobiles. The ability for users to self-upgrade in seconds through their microSD slot, rather than bearing the expense of a new phone or tablet is desirable.

Additionally, whilst mobile devices lead the demand for increased storage, according to Integral, the expansion in new product categories including action-cams, drones, home security cameras and dash cams has triggered a surge in demand.

As a successful British flash storage specialist with more than 28 years of experience, Integral Memory has built a reputation for quality and customer focus with keen prices. The new 512GB microSDXC card has been performance tested with a range of smartphones and delivers up to 80MB/s transfer speed. The card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and is covered by Integral’s trusted 5-year warranty.

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February 2018

About Integral Memory

Integral was founded in London in 1989 and quickly became one of Europe’s leading memory specialists, with long-term partnerships with leading component suppliers including Toshiba, Samsung and Hynix. Sales offices have been established in France, Spain and The Netherlands.

Integral’s mission is to deliver the latest memory products built on quality, reliability and great prices.

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