London: SanDisk has just announced the world’s largest capacity SD card, managing to squeeze 512GB of storage into a chip not much bigger than your thumbnail. That’s pretty staggering, especially considering that SanDisk’s first SD card came out in 2003 with just 512MB of memory. That’s a thousand-fold increase in capacity in a little over a decade.

The un-exotically named SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I may have more memory than your laptop, but it’s certainly not for average users. SandDisk built it for cameras recording video in 4K resolution – aka ultra HD. In addition to the phenomenal storage, the new card also comes with a lifetime warranty is temperature proof, water proof, shock proof and X-Ray proof.  It goes on sale for $800 (£490). –DM