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A 1TB SD card is such glorious, expensive overkill

Updated Sep 20th, 2016 5:15PM EDT
1TB SanDisk SDXC Memory Card
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Looking to swap out that old hard drive or SSD for one that has more storage? You might want to hold off on that thought, as SanDisk has figured out a way to cram 1TB of memory in an SD card. That’s never been done before, and while the product is not yet available for purchase, it’s still an exciting development in the normally rather dull world of SD card storage.

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The 1TB SDXC prototype was unveiled at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, and it’s only meant to showcase what the future may have in store for us when it comes to highly portable storage.

SanDisk introduced the 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I memory card at the same event two years ago. That card is available for retail, but it’ll set you back some $600. It’s likely that the 1TB version of the card will be quite costly if it’ll ever hit mass production.

SanDisk did not mention any pricing details or launch dates for the product, but we’d expect it to see it in stores at some point in the future. The company is currently pitching the card to photographers and video professionals, who may be looking for more storage solutions to meet their needs. But any laptop owner would probably love to have the ability of upgrading storage with the help of such a versatile card.

“The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance, and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates,” Western Digital’s vice president Dinesh Bahal said.

SanDisk did not mention any specs for its 1TB SD card prototype. The 512GB model supports write speeds of up to 90MB/s and transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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