If you’ve bought a new camera, laptop, phone, or game console recently, it’s always good to have extra storage. Huawei may be attempting to bring something new to the market, but microSD is still the main standard for expandable memory for now.
There are a lot of brands, speeds, and capacities out there. To keep things simple, we are focusing on our three favorite memory brands: SanDisk, Samsung, and PNY. Why these three brands? Simply put, they have a great combination of reliability, performance, and price. We have outlined the specifics about each product below, and please note that each one comes in a variety of storage capacities.
Best microSD cards:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best microSD cards regularly as new ones launch.
Sandisk is one of the first companies to introduce microSD cards with the A1 rating, and these Class 10 UHS 1 microSD cards are some of the best options if you are looking for fast app performance. The 16GB and 32GB versions of their Ultra range of microSD cards offer maximum transfer speeds up to 98Mbps, while the higher storage versions, going all the way up to 512GB, bump that up to 100Mbps.
SanDisk Extreme Pro
The SanDisk Extreme Pro is another option from one of the most popular microSD card brands, and is one of the fastest options on the market. In terms of data transfer, you can reach speeds of up to 170Mbps with the Extreme Pro. This microSD card is ideal for those who want to take 4K videos. You can choose anywhere from 64GB up to 1TB of storage with the SanDisk Extreme Pro microSD card.
Samsung EVO Select
The Samsung EVO Select are Class 10 UHS 3 microSD cards that offer storage capacities starting from 32GB and going all the way up to 512GB. They offer up to 100Mbps read and 95Mbps write speeds. These cards are ideal for those that need to record 4K footage, with the largest storage option giving you room for up to six hours of 4K video.
Finally, we have the PNY Elite X, which serves as a good alternative for those who do not wish to go for the SanDisk or Samsung options. This microSD card offers up to 100Mbps transfer speeds and is capable of storing 4K UHD video footage. Storage ranges from 32GB to 256GB.