With increasing capabilities such as 4K video recording, better processing power, and faster download speeds, smartphones are beginning to require more storage space. A few years ago, it was customary for a phone's base version to offer 8GB of internal memory. This figure has evolved over the years, with last year's Galaxy S9 offering a minimum of 64GB, and powerhouses such as the Note 9 having up to 512GB of internal space.
Samsung just revealed it's doubling this number, by announcing the mass production of a 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage chip. The news comes in less than a month before the Korean manufacturer unveils its new flagship handsets, strongly suggesting a variant of the Galaxy S10 will feature it, as previous rumors had hinted at. Read More
In the summer of 2018, PNY became only the second company to release a 512GB MicroSD card (and the first to go on sale in the US). The company is back with an updated model, as well as several flash drives including a USB Type-C option. Read More
The official rollout of Android 9 Pie to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ is underway, but there's one feature that didn't quite make the cut. Although it didn't actually work in the beta, there was a screen that suggested an adoptable storage option, but it's nowhere to be seen in the stable release. Read More
Not that long ago, you had to drop big bucks for the largest microSD cards, and they weren't even very spacious. Things get cheaper of time, of course, but the last few months have brought a solid downward trend in microSD pricing. Today, you can get a 400GB SanDisk microSD card for just $139.95. It was over $200 earlier this year. The $64.99 256GB card was more than $100 just a few months ago. Read More
If you're one of the 1.5 billion WhatsApp users of the world, you'll know how important it is to back up your messages. Google Drive backups are conveniently built into the app but have always taken up valuable bytes of your storage quota. Starting later this year, WhatsApp is teaming up with Google to make backups entirely free. Read More
You might recall the Google One announcement from a few months ago. Google's new storage plans are an even better deal than they once were with 2TB for $20 per month. That made Dropbox look a little behind the times with its 1TB offering. Today, Dropbox is catching up, at least in terms of total storage. The "Pro" monthly plan is moving from 1TB to 2TB, matching Google One.
The varying bus types, speed classes, and specification standards for SD cards can be confusing for the layman to navigate, but performance for the diminutive storage devices has been making a lot of progress over recent years. You can even buy one with over 500GB of capacity in a package smaller than a postage stamp, and now the SD Association is setting its sights on even bigger and faster cards with the new SD Express and SD Ultra Capacity standards as part of the SD 7.0 spec. Read More
Earlier in the year, Integral Memory introduced the world's first 512GB microSD card (which unfortunately isn't sold stateside). PNY is showing off the second 512GB microSD, the PNY Elite 512GB, at Computex 2018, and the card will run you $349.99 when it becomes available. Read More
Google Drive doesn't break the bank when it comes to storage. For a mere $20 a year, you can add 100 GB to your combined Google service data pool and apply that space to anything from Google Photos to overly-large emails. And now Google is making things a bit more clear when it comes to the subject of storage for its various services. The new Google One replaces all non-G Suite business Google Drive storage plans with a wider variety of storage options, some at an improved value. Read More
Memory cards may not be the sexiest tech products around, but with many of our phones and cameras still relying on them for additional storage space they're still important. Prices for high-capacity MicroSD cards have fallen substantially in recent years, but it's not just the how much you can fit on them that's important — endurance is also a consideration.
Designed specifically for intensive monitoring uses, such as surveillance, body, or dash cameras, the Samsung PRO Endurance MicroSDHC/MicroSDXC lineup offers up to an industry-leading 43,800 hours of continuous video recording. They have read speeds of up to 100MB/s plus FHD/4K support via write speeds of up to 30MB/s. Read More