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Western Digital Corporation has unveiled the microSD card that meets the Application Performance Class 1 (A1) requirements from the latest SD Association’s SD 5.1 specifications. By meeting the A1 performance standard, the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, delivers capacity, speed and enhanced capability to deliver a better smartphone experience. Besides this product the company also has announced the launch of SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive. Delivering the speed, capacity, and reliability of an SSD, SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drives are ideal for creative professionals, tech enthusiasts, or anyone who creates and shares massive files.

 

The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card offers the capacity and performance consumers need to capture all of life’s moments without having to worry about what to delete. The card can hold up to 24 hours of Full HD video and with premium transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s. With A1 performance, the card can launch and run apps at blazing speeds.

 

“The microSD card has been an integral part of the digital revolution by providing more options for high performance, high capacity storage for smartphones,” said Rajesh Gupta, Country Manager of SanDisk India and SAARC Retail Sales and Marketing, Western Digital Corporation. “SanDisk cards are at the center of more than two billion consumer devices, and now with this A1 card, we’re proud to play a significant role in continuing to advance the trusted format.”

 

The microSD card now must evolve to support application-intensive environments, paving the way for a new dimension of memory card performance. With the introduction of the Android Marshmallow 6 operating system, users can expand storage capacity on smartphones by selecting the microSD card as preferred or adoptable storage, which means apps can now be loaded and launched directly from the A1 microSD card.

 

The A1 spec allows the new card to manage random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and write IOPS of 500, so it can quickly open apps and process accompanying tasks, such as audio, graphics, saved profiles and in-app permissions. With this in mind, the new SanDisk Ultra microSD card with A1 is designed to provide consumers a faster, more powerful app experience using cards.

 

“SD technology is trusted by consumers around the world for its reliable, backwards compatible and highly interoperable storage, making it the world’s leading memory format with billions of SD memory cards and devices in the market,” said Brian Kumagai, SDA president. “The A1 specification will help consumers identify the appropriate card to ensure an optimal experience when running and launching apps on their smartphone. We are pleased that SanDisk will release an A1 card, and continues to contribute to breakthrough technologies enabled by the microSD format.”

 

Besides this, SanDisk has also launched the SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive which is capable of read speeds up to 420MB/s and write speeds up to 380MB/s. With its unprecedented speeds, you can transfer full-length 4K movie to the drive in less than 15 seconds and 1000 photos in less than 25 seconds. The new drive also features a sophisticated design with a durable aluminum metal casing and a retractable connector for ultimate style and reliability. With read and write speeds of up to 200MB/s and 150MB/s respectively, the SanDisk Extreme Go USB 3.1 Flash Drive offers a convenient way to transfer and share content and allows to transfer a full-length 4K movie in less than 40 seconds2 and 1000 photos in less than 60 seconds3. This drive allows plenty of space to hold all of your photos, movies, songs and more.

 

“For a technology enthusiast and a consumer who is always on the go, these drives offer world class performance and convenience of moving content easily and quickly, without having to worry about a cable,” said Rajesh Gupta, Country Manager of SanDisk India and SAARC Retail Sales and Marketing, Western Digital Corporation. “With USB 3.1 interface on both the drives, and offering increased capacity and blazing speeds, these drives are our sleekest, and most powerful USB devices till date, thereby allowing consumers quick ways to access and move massive files rapidly.”

 

The SanDisk Extreme PRO Solid State Flash Drive available in 256GB and 128GB and the SanDisk Extreme Go USB 3.1 Flash Drive available in 128GB and 64GB, gives consumers plenty of room to manage and store large files. For added file protection, these drives include the SanDisk SecureAccess software, which offers 128-bit file encryption and password protection4. The drive also comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

 

The new SanDisk Ultra microSD card with A1 is compatible with the SanDisk Memory Zone app for Android, giving users an easy way to manage and back up content on their device. The app is available for free through the Google Play Store. The card will be introduced in retail starting April 1st at MRP of INR 18,990 and the SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive will be available in 128GB and 256GB capacities at Rs.8490 and Rs.13990 respectively and SanDisk Extreme Go USB 3.1 Flash Drive will be available in 64GB and 128GB capacities at Rs.3990 and Rs.5990 respectively.

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