Best MicroSD Card manufacturers, features, advantages

This page covers MicroSD Card basics, best MicroSD Card manufacturers with features and benefits or advantages of MicroSD Card.

What is MicroSD Card?

Introduction: The memory cards are used for mobile phones, cameras or tablets. They are available in three different sizes viz. full size, microSD card and miniSD card. Based on size they are categorized into SD, SD HC (High Capacity) and SD XC (Extended Capacity). Using SD technology upto 2 GB of data can be stored on the card. Using SD HC technology, cards can store data from capacity of 4GB to 32 GB. Using SD XC, cards can be manufactured from 32GB to 2 TB capacity sizes, though upto 400 GB are currently available.

Based on speed, the memory cards are categorized into various classes viz. class 2 (@ 2 MB/s), class 4 (@ 4 MB/s), class 6 (@ 6 MB/s), class 10 (@ 10 MB/s), UHS-1 (@ 15 MB/s) and UHS-3 (@ 30 MB/s). UHS stands for Ultra High Speed.

MicroSD Card

The figure-1 depicts MicroSD cards from SanDisk available in three sizes viz. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The prices are as on May, 2018. SanDisk offers MicroSD cards upto 400 GB sizes. The transfer speeds of upto 98 Mb/s or 100 MB/s are supported typically.

Best MicroSD Card Manufacturers

Following table mentions best MicroSD Card from popular manufacturers around the world.

Manufacturers Description
SanDisk The MicroSD cards are offered in various sizes viz. 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 200GB, 400GB etc. They work in operating temperature from-25 to 85oC.
Samsung The company offers Micro SD cards in different capacity sizes viz. 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256 GB. Samsung 32 GB card supports UHS-1 interface with read speed of up to 80MB/s and write speed of upto 20 MB/s. It is protected from X-ray damage.
Strontium Technology Pte Ltd The company offers memory cards from 2GB to 128 GB sizes using various techologies. Latest Nitro Plus Micro SD Cards are available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB sizes with read speed of 95 MB/s and write speed of 65 MB/s. Video speeds are supported as per C10 and U3 specifications.
Panasonic The company offers micro SDXC cards for camera in various sizes 32 GB, 64 GB etc. It can be used for 4K video recording reliably. The cards offer UHS-3/Class 10 performance. Read speeds of upto 95 MB/s and write speeds of upto 90 MB/s can be achieved.
Kingston The memory cards are available in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capacities. They support Class 10 UHS-I speeds of about 45MB/s during read and 10MB/s during write operations. They are also temperature, shock/vibration and X-Ray proof.

Advantages of MicroSD Card

Following are the benefits or advantages of MicroSD Card.
➨It allows large amount of data to be stored in portable devices such as smartphones, cameras and tablets.
➨It helps in capturing realtime video, storing photos and more.
➨They are temperature proof, shock proof and water proof.
➨Most of the cards are X-ray proof and hence data can be protected at the airports and other transit locations.
➨The applications can be loaded faster using such high capacity MicroSD cards.
➨They are very light in weight usually about 10 g.
➨They are very cheap in cost and hence can be affordable by larger population.

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