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Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

Integral bumps microSD to 512 GB, leaving SanDisk's 400GB offering looking a bit meek

By Richard Chirgwin

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Here's a challenge: do you reckon you can fill half-a-terabyte of memory using only a smartphone?

For some people, we're sure, the answer will be along the lines of “hold my beer while I set my camera to HDR mode and snap some selfies”. So the good news is that from February, you'll be able to lay out the readies on a 512 GB microSDXC card from Integral Memory.

At a transfer rate of 80 megabytes per second, you'd need more than an hour and a half to transfer a full card's worth of data; last year's 400 GB monster from SanDisk (no longer the world's biggest little memory card) still has the edge there, claiming a 100 MB/second transfer rate.

Integral's 512GB microSDXC V10, UHS-I U1 card is fast enough to meet V10 (Video speed class 10) for capturing full HD video.

As well as smartphones, Integral noted the microSDXC format is also finding a home in dashcams, home security, drone cameras and action-cams.

Integral hasn't yet announced the price for its device, but it'll probably be in the ballpark with the 400 GB SanDisk, which last year hit the shelves at US$249.99. ®

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