While it’s fairly common to find 64GB SD cards these days, Lexar clearly lives by the mantra of “there’s no such thing as too much storage.” Its latest Secure Digital (SD) card, the Lexar Professional 400x SDXC UHS-I, adheres to the SDXC standard and crams 256GB of flash storage into its tiny little plastic shell by way of a 20 nanometer flash memory process. Targeted at professional photographers and videographers who shoot in full-frame resolution and 1080 HD video, the 256GB card guarantees a minimum read speed of 60 MB/S. At $899.99 and available in October, Lexar’s card is well out of most people’s budgets, but would be worth it as a secondary back-up solution for computers with an SD card slot. As PetaPixel smartly advises, buying several lower-capacity SD cards that total 256GB is significantly cheaper than buying one $900 card. And if you think 256GB is crazy, here’s a fact that will blow your mind: SDXC can theoretically hold 2TB worth of storage. So, in a few years, 256GB will be the norm and 2TB will be for pros.
Today at CES, Lexar introduced its 32GB Class 10 microSD card designed for mobile devices. The new storage card is capable of reading data at 20MB per second and writing data at 10MB per second; which is double the write speed of the current batch of Class 4 cards (4MB per second).
“We’ve seen a steady rise in the sophistication of smart and mobile phones, and usage trends show a convergence between communication and entertainment,” said Jim Chan, product manager at Lexar Media. “Today’s users rely on their mobile devices, beyond talk and email, for capturing live moments and downloading their favorite content – whether it’s photos, music, or HD video – and they want the flexibility to store and share them on demand.”
The new card is available today on Amazon.com for $149.99. More →
Lexar announced earlier today that the company will be bringing a whopping 128GB capacity SD card to market. This doubles the largest SDXC card that’s currently available. Fitting 128GB in the teeny teensy size of an SD card isn’t easy, and it won’t come cheap either — we’re talking about a $700 price point for the card. If you’re not in desperate need of 128GB of storage for your digital SLR, however, and can do with 64GB, you’ll be pleased as punch to know that the price is much more reasonable at $399. Both cards will be available starting this Spring. Press release after the jump. More →