PNY joins the trend with a tiny card with a huge volume - and we hope to see the selection swell soon
At the last Computex show in June, we had the opportunity to meet with several manufacturers of miniature memory cards that are preparing for the next stage in development - to cram no less than 512 GB into the microSD configuration adapted for smartphones, tablets and other compact electronic devices The ability to have a somewhat imaginary overall volume of an entire terabyte in your pants pocket with the development that takes place Even in the realm of the volumes of internal memories For these products.
One of those actresses who took pride in the leap Move to the 400GB bar Was PNY, and now seems to be the first to be proud of the wide practical availability of its product, through Amazon American - though at a price that is still very difficult to take seriously.
512GB Elite cards from the American company, With relatively basic performance that includes continuous transfer speeds of up to 90 megabytes per second and without compliance with the A1 App Performance standard, is now sold on the American Amazon to anyone who demands it for $ 350 (!) - or $ 417 to be exact, including the VAT. Needless to say, at such a price it is impossible to recommend the purchase of the card, since the microSD cards of the company SanDisk With superior performance in the 400GB capacity are currently offered at less than half the price, while 256GB cards are available at a quarter or a fifth (!!) of the price in question.
Other manufacturers such as Team Group and Lexar have promised to bring 512GB volumes to stores in the near future, with the latter even boasting support for the latest A2 App Performance standard that ensures decent random performance when working with small files both in reading and writing - which could justify high prices Each gigabyte is a little better than the product from PNY. We will need to wait a little longer until that happens, and at the same time we will hope to see cThe market leader SanDisk, Which meanwhile prefers to settle for a maximum capacity of "only" 400GB, announces its plans for the latest maximum tier.
It is worth noting that a company called Integral Memory Was really the first offer MicroSDXC card in record volume of 512GB, Already in May of the current year - although these models suffered from relatively low availability and prices that are even higher than that of PNY, as befits a product that was one and only in its category without competition. Now with the addition of another horse with a more familiar name to the race we can hope that we will start to see greater interest from consumers and positive changes in pricing.