Transcend ships speedy, roomy 64GB MicroSDXC card for your smartphone or ultracompact camera


posted Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM EST

Among the profusion of flash card formats used in digital cameras over the years, relatively few are commonplace -- essentially, variants of the Secure Digital and Memory Stick Duo formats are used by most cameras, with a smaller number still retaining CompactFlash card slots. A handful of cameras use other formats, and among these are the tiny MicroSD cards that dominate in the cameraphone market. Typically, MicroSD cards appear only in particularly compact cameras such as the Sony TF1 or Canon PowerShot N: models where size and weight are at an absolute premium, just as they are in phone design.

Even those very small cameras -- and indeed, some phone cameras -- are starting to offer high resolutions and pretty handy burst-shooting speeds these days, though, necessitating generous capacity and write speeds. (And for smart phones, the storage often has to do double-duty for apps, games, user data such as movies, and more, where read speeds can also be crucial.)


A new MicroSDXC card launched today by Transcend Information Inc. aims squarely at this niche, offering a roomy 64GB of storage and a Class 10 speed rating along with the swifter UHS-I interface, for ample performance. Transcend rates the card as good for 45MB/second transfer speeds, without specifying if this is for reading or writing, and whether it's a sustained or burst speed. The company's marketing materials for its similar MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS-I card list a 45MB/second write speed, however, suggesting that this is likely the burst write speed.

The Transcend 64GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-I card comes bundled with the company's RecoveRx software for recovering lost data from its cards, and is available immediately with a lifetime warranty at a suggested price of US$109.

More details on the Transcend website.