Samsung launches 512GB microSD

Last week Samsung introduced its Evo Select 512GB microSD card, a whooping half-a-terrabyte of storage on a card only slightly larger than a thumbnail.

The Samsung Evo Select is a remarkably affordable route to take if you plan on upgrading or expanding your storage. Currently priced at $99.99 at Amazon, it is value storage option if your smartphone, tablet or action camera features a microSD port.

But Samsung is not the only vendor for high volume microSD card storage, Scandisk has had a popular 400GB microSD card for some time now. The advantage of Samsung’s microSD over that of ScanDisk’s, other than the extra storage capacity, is that the Evo offers UHS Class 3 speeds compared to UHS Class 1 on the SanDisk model.

The SD Association states that this write and read speed distinction is noteworthy, especially if you record video on the microSD card or are an avid gamer. The microSD card comes bundled with an SD adapter, which is handy for checking out files if your computer, like many laptops today, no longer has a card slot.

Despite its advantages, it is difficult to ignore that SanDisk’s 400GB microSD card is now just $63.57. But if you have $100 to spend and are set on adding a half-terabyte of storage to your device, your money can stretch a little further today.