PNY has just announced a massive new 512GB “Elite” microSD card
It looks like more companies are coming to steal SanDisk’s thunder. Along with Integral, who in January announced their 512GB microSDXC card, PNY now joins the ranks by announcing a 512GB microSD of their own. The new PNY 512GB Elite microSDXC.
There are many reports out there claiming that PNY is the first to bring a 512GB microSD card to market, but they’re not. This one isn’t for sale yet, and Integral’s has been out for a while now.
Priced at $349, the PNY 512GB Elite is substantially more expensive than the similar speed SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDCX, which is currently available for around $195. Although not quite as expensive as the Integral, which is currently available for around £295 (~$393) in the UK. As far as absolute speed, the PNY seems to sit somewhere in between the two. At 90MB/sec, it’s a little faster than Integral’s 80MB/sec, but not quite as fast as SanDisk’s 100MB/sec.
All three cards are UHS-I, U1 cards with a Class 10 and V10 speed specification. What is interesting, though, is that neither the PNY nor Integral cards carry the A1 certification for application performance in a mobile device. The SanDisk does. Although, this may not be an issue for such uses as action cameras and drones if they aren’t too demanding on card write speeds – a spec which hasn’t been mentioned on the PNY website yet.
In fact, their website is worded in a very careful way to suggest that the 90MB/sec speed applies to both reading and writing, although I doubt that very much.
Still, for smartphone photographers and drone users, it’s a whole lot of storage space for not a massive amount of money. According to PNY, the new card holds up to 80 hours of Full HD video recording and can store up to 100,000 18MP photos.
A price of $349.99 is listed on the PNY website, although there’s no ability to order one yet. No word has been given on a release date, but with Computex about to start in a few days, we may see more competitors popping up to release theirs.
[via Tom’s Hardware]
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.