We were excited when SanDisk announced a new 200GB microSD memory card at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. That is, until we caught wind of the MSRP -- $400! Yeah, it was one of those 'spit coffee on your monitor' moments. Ah, but a little patience makes all the difference in the world, as the exact same card can now be had for $240 on Amazon.
That brings the cost per gigabyte down from $2 to a bit more reasonable $1.20. Yes, that's still pricey, especially when the 128GB version sells for $80 on Amazon, or around $0.63 per gigabyte. But that's the kind of premium we would have expected at launch, rather than the $400 price tag SanDisk initially ran with.
So, what does $240 buy you in the microSD storage space? Obviously 200GB of storage space, which is enough to hold up to 20 hours of Full HD video. And if you're a photo enthusiast with lots of pictures to transfer, SanDisk claims you'll see speeds of up to 90MB/s, allowing you move up to 1,200 photos per minute -- pretty neat!
SanDisk's primary pitch for its 200GB card is for Android users, as the listing says it's "ideal for Android-based smartphones and tablets." It's also worth mentioning that SanDisk is known for robust support, though it's still a good idea to double check with the manufacturer of your mobile device to ensure the 200GB will work without issue.
For those of you who are interested at the new price point, you grab the card from Amazon here.