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SanDisk Launches Waterproof “Extreme” microSDHC UHS-I Card in 16GB to 64GB

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With internal device storage being taken up by larger operating systems, bloated with tons of proprietary software, the need for a good SD card has really never been higher. Unless you are spending more cash to buy a device with higher storage, investing in an SD card is a good way to store your important pictures, videos and files, allowing you to take them wherever you go. This week, SanDisk announced another line of cards, the Extreme microSDHC UHS-I cards. The UHS stands for Ultra High Speed. 

The Extreme line isn’t necessarily new, but the the sizes are what should excite some folks. Previously, these were only available in 8 and 16GB options. The new cards come in sizes of 16GB all the way up to 64GB, capable of read speeds of up to 80MBs and write speeds of 50MBs.

While the tech specs are impressive all by themselves  SanDisk spared little expense in making the Extreme line just that, extreme. The card itself is waterproof for up to 72 hours in 1m of salt water, while also being shockproof and X-Ray proof.

SanDisk was kind enough to send us over one of the new Extreme microSD cards, so be on the lookout for a writeup after we spend some time with it putting it through the paces.


Via: SanDisk

  • Bill Hill

    I rather have higher storage capacity than be water proof

  • Thomas Redmond

    This is cool, but I question the selling point that “the need for a good SD card has really never been higher.” Cloud-based storage is pretty popular and eliminates a large portion of this need.

    • n900mixalot

      Current data plans (for phones, cameras, and other devices) just don’t support the “cloud storage is fantastic” argument anymore. Two gigs is the norm these days, and unlimited is falling by the wayside–as in, waayyyyyy too expensive.

      • Thomas Redmond

        Good point, but it depends what kind of media we are talking about storing on an SD card in the first place. If you are on a limited data plan, and using your phone to consume a lot of video/movies – then, yeah, cloud-based storage probably isn’t your best option. However, you’ll be hard-pressed to find enough phones that support large enough SD cards to hold all your stuff.

        But uploading a handful of photos to dropbox every day doesn’t require much data. Neither does streaming your library from Google Play Music.

        • n900mixalot

          Oh, streaming from Google Play Music has KILLED my teeny tiny data plan …

          But this card is something I’d be muuuuch more likely to use in my camera, not my phone.laulo

    • You cant use cloud storage to record HD videos. With cell phone cameras getting better and better it wont be long if not already where you need a high speed card to record the high bitrate of HD video. You can’t record video on a DSLR without at least a Class 6 card for example, but most people use class 10.
      So even if you transfer stuff to cloud. you still need something to record it on to in real-time first.

      • Thomas Redmond

        By the time cell phone cameras are good enough to record DSLR quality video, data will be cheap and fast enough that the only storage for HD videos will be in the cloud.

        • The actually quality is dependent on multiple things but the bitrate they are being recorded at might already be pretty high.
          I just recorded a video at 1080p an the bitrate was 10mb/s on my Galaxy Nexus. My DSLR films at about 45mb/s. Even for my current phone i would need VERY fast connection to record to cloud. We’ll have better cameras in our phone long before we get connection speeds fast enough to stream 45mb/s up (i dont even have that on my cable internet).

          • Thomas Redmond

            You’ll be able to stream 500mb/s up in less than 2 years. The cloud wins.

          • I dont see that happening. This bytes not bits I’m talking about either. Google Fiber doesn’t even do that. Can you link me to any sources?

          • Thomas Redmond

            Google Fiber can hit 1 gig up and down. So 500mbps is definitely already doable. In 2 years time: a) Google will have wireless plans b) they will be cheap c) they will be that fast

          • Thomas Redmond
          • 1 gigabit. Thats only 1/8 of a gigabyte (125 megabytes). less than 500 megabytes. Fiber is lightyears (pun not intended) a head of wireless technology. It has an untapped maximum data-rates while wireless requires exponentially more power to double its speeds.
            Loon: “Each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area about 40 km in diameter at speeds comparable to 3G” not very fast at all.

          • TylerChappell

            And this is what happens when n00bs don’t understand the difference between MB/s or MBps and Mbps.

          • Thomas Redmond

            That’s today – two years is a long time

          • Yes Moore’s Law exists but its not THAT big of a jump. MAYBE 5 years.

    • Bill Hill

      Enjoy your carrier’s data cap 😉

      • sagisarius

        Data caps will just keep going up as use goes up… they aren’t there for a technical reason, it’s just an economics trick (like it’s literally in text books) to get people to pay more.

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    my 64 gb one has been completely submerged into water, never knew it WASN’T waterproof lol. Works like a charm!

    • joejoe5709

      This was my thought. I accidentally went into a hot tub for about ten minutes with a SD card in my pocket – not a very expensive one either – and it came out fine.

    • I washed quite a few flash drives. It was always my assumption that all flash memory was waterproof; as long as its try before using again.

      • TylerChappell

        They really are, which is why I don’t understand what is so special about these cards that makes them waterproof? Maybe its the distinction between saltwater? I’ve bought enough SanDisk cards this year to know that it already says on the packaging that they are waterproof, as you can see on the packaging:

        Ive also had a really cheap SD card survive a few minutes of saltwater when I went parasailing with my mom in Florida. The guy on the boat took our photos, handed me the SD card, and I put it in my pocket without thinking, and then hopped in the water when we got near the shore. Worked just fine. As long as they’re dry, they tend to be pretty waterproof.

        • Maybe higher speeds as well being even more durable. But, salt water probably will cause corrosion the contacts on a normal card(?)

  • Nemo

    i think there should be a bit of clarification that is lacking…
    the 64 gig is not an sdhc.. as those are limited at 32.. but instead it’s sdxc..

  • justincase_2008

    For the review are you going to put a phone with a sd card in water for 72 hours?

    • duke69111

      Maybe they will get the S4 active to test it with.

      • justincase_2008

        Thats what im thinking.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    Perfect for the xperia/s4 active on Verizon. Wait…

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    my SanDisc 64 Ultra gets nowhere near the speeds they claim.. I blame it for half my gopro hero3 problems.

  • EC8CH

    Let’s totally bring back “EXTREME” product labels into marketing!

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      SanDisc never stopped.. They’ve always had an ‘Extreme’ card. This is just the first one in microSD size

    • discstu37

      How about Sandisk MMX cards? 😉

    • sagisarius

      They tried making “measured and appropriate” versions, but they just didn’t sound as cool.

  • Mallahet

    So one of these + an Xperia Z = water proof everything

    When do we get waterproof wireless charging???

    Sarcasm aside, I find it nice that companies are trying to make things more durable and waterproof.

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  • Ian Smith

    mmm slat water

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      I don’t wanna know what slat water is!

      • T4rd

        I do, it sounds VERY intriguing. =D

        giggity giggity…

        • In comes the grammar trolls

          • imtoomuch

            And the anti-grammar trolls!

  • KleenDroid