Western Digital and Micron go big with world's first 1TB microSD cards

SanDisk Extrme 1TB
SanDisk Extrme 1TB (Image credit: SanDisk)

MWC 2019

You can never really have too much storage, or at least that's what Western Digital and Micron are hoping with their latest microSD cards. Both companies this week announced the world's first one-terabyte microSD cards at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, meaning you can probably store every cat GIF you've ever come across on a chip the size of your fingertip.

Kidding aside, both chips mark a major step up for removable storage. But they certainly won't come cheap. Western Digital's card, which will be sold under its SanDisk brand, is expected to hit stores in April for $450; a 512GB version of the card will also be available for $200, Western Digital says. Micron, on the other hand, is mum on pricing, but in a statement to The Verge, the company its card will be "priced competitively." Micron's card is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2019.

As for performance, Western Digital says that its card will reach read and write speeds of up to 160MB per second and 90MB per second, respectively. Meanwhile, Micron is promising read and write speeds of up to 100MB per second and 95MB per second, respectively.

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