SanDisk has expanded its lineup of A1 or App Performance Class 1 microSD cards at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. These cards have been developed with adoptable storage in mind so they promise faster app performance as compared to their competitors. SanDisk has launched the Extreme 256GB memory card as part of its App Performance Class 1 microSD card lineup.
SanDisk’s new microSD card is capable of providing random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and write IOPS of 500. This enables the card configured with adoptable storage to launch apps quickly and process subsequent tasks like in-app permissions, content playback, saved profiles, audio, and graphics very quickly.
The company mentions that this new microSD card has a transfer speed of up to 100 MB/s which is a bit more than the 95 MB/s memory card that it launched at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 last month. Unless you’re someone who moves a lot of data between microSD cards and onboard storage, you may not even notice the difference.
As previously mentioned, this microSD card is meant for those who have a lot of media content and use a lot of apps on their smartphone so adoptable storage is an absolute must for them. If you are not one of those users you’d be better off with a cheaper microSD card.
SanDisk will start selling the 256GB Extreme A1 microSD card starting next month for around $200.