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Samsung’s new 256GB microSD card will be the envy of every iPhone user

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:17PM EST

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Smartphone owners looking for as much expandable storage as possible have probably considered or even purchased the incredibly affordable 200GB microSD card from SanDisk. But Samsung just came out with a microSD card that’s able to deliver even more storage for your Galaxy S7 or any other smartphone that supports expandable memory: a 256GB EVO Plus card that offers the highest capacity in its class.

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Using Samsung’s V-NAND technology, the memory card offers fast read and write speeds, reaching 95MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively – the card is included in the UHS-1, Class 10 speed class. That’s slightly faster than SanDisk’s solution, which does read 90MB/s, while write speeds are lower than that.

The card can hold up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video, 33 hours of Full HD video or 46 hours of HD video before requiring replacement. Samsung says that 256GB of storage is also good for up to 55,200 photos or 23,500 MP3 songs.

The card comes with a limited 10-year warranty and provides “advanced protection, capacity, and performance with long-term reliability,” according to Samsung. The card is waterproof, temperature proof, X-Ray-proof and magnet-proof.

The card will be available in the USA, Europe and China this June, with an MSRP of $249.99. Comparatively, the 200GB microSD card from SanDisk sells for just $79 on Amazon, so you can probably expect Samsung’s newest microSD to be even more affordable than its MSPR once it launches.

If you’re looking to use the Samsung 256GB microSD card with the Galaxy S7 and turn it into adoptable memory, check this guide. Meanwhile, these tricks will help you utilize both the card and a second SIM card with the Galaxy S7 at the same time.

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.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.