The Lexar Play is a new memory card made specifically for videogames. The product has different performance speeds depending on the capacity.
You can find out what the differences are in this comparison guide between the 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB versions.
The 512 GB and 1 TB capacities of the Lexar Play have the best application speed and video speed out of this group. Both are also tied with the 256 GB capacity with having the best UHS speed class.
All four capacity options have identical read/transfer speeds. As a result, you will get the same loading speeds on the Nintendo Switch.
If you are planning to use the memory card on other devices aside from the Switch, then we recommend picking up either the 512 GB or 1 TB capacities if you want to get the fastest speeds.
If you are interested, you can purchase any of the aforementioned memory cards on Amazon with the following links:
- 128GB Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card
- 256GB Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card
- 512GB Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card
- 1TB Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card
Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Cards Comparison Chart
You can find a comparison table for the Lexar Play microSD cards below.
|128GB Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card||256GB Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card||512GB Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card||1TB Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card|
|Speed Class||Class 10||Class 10||Class 10||Class 10|
|UHS Speed Class||U1||U3||U3||U3|
|Video Speed Class||V10||V30||V30||V30|
|Application Speed Class||A1||A1||A2||A2|
|Read/Transfer Speed||Up to 150 MB per second||Up to 150 MB per second||Up to 150 MB per second||Up to 150 MB per second|
|Nintendo Switch Read/Transfer Speed||Up to 95 MB per second||Up to 95 MB per second||Up to 95 MB per second||Up to 95 MB per second|
|Operating Temperature||0° C to 70° C (32°F to 158°F)||0° C to 70° C (32°F to 158°F)||0° C to 70° C (32°F to 158°F)||0° C to 70° C (32°F to 158°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-25° C to 85° C (-13°F to 185°F)||-25° C to 85° C (-13°F to 185°F)||-25° C to 85° C (-13°F to 185°F)||-25° C to 85° C (-13°F to 185°F)|
|Warranty||5-year limited warranty||5-year limited warranty||5-year limited warranty||5-year limited warranty|
|Pricing||Check price on Amazon.||Check price on Amazon.||Check price on Amazon.||Check price on Amazon.|
You can take a look at the model number for each capacity option of the Lexar Play microSDXC card below:
- 128GB: LMSPLAY128G-BNNNG or LMSPLAY128G-BNNNC
- 256GB: LMSPLAY256G-BNNNG or LMSPLAY256G-BNNNC
- 512GB: LMSPLAY512G-BNNNG or LMSPLAY512G-BNNNC
- 1TB: LMSPLAY001T-BNNNG or LMSPLAY001T-BNNNC
All four capacities in this versus guide have a speed class rating of Class 10.
UHS Speed Class
The 128 GB version of the Lexar Play has a UHS Speed Class rating of U1 while the 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB versions have a faster rating of U3.
Video Speed Class
The 128 GB capacity has a video speed class rating of V10 while all the other capacities have a faster rating of V30.
So, when it comes to video capture, you will get better quality with the 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacities.
Application Speed Class
When it comes to the application class speed, both the 128 GB and 256 GB variants got an A1 rating, which means that the two memory cards can achieve a minimum sustained sequential write speed of 10 MB per second, minimum random read speed of 1500 IOPS and minimum random write speed of 500 IOPS.
The bigger 512 GB and 1 TB variants got tagged with an A2 rating. This means that the two cards can achieve a minimum sustained sequential write speed of 10 MB per second, minimum random read speed of 4000 IOPS and minimum random write speed of 2000 IOPS.
For loading and running Android applications, you will get much better speeds with the 512 GB and 1 TB.
The read/transfer speed is up to 150 MB per second for all the Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card capacities.
Nintendo Switch Read/Transfer Speed
The 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1TB have a read/transfer speed, when used with the Nintendo Switch, of up to 95 MB per second. The slower maximum speed is due to the limitations of the Switch system.
The four capacities of the Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card have the same operating temperature range, which is from 0° C to 70° C (32°F to 158°F).
The four versions of the flash memory card also have the same storage temperature range, which is from -25° C to 85° C (-13°F to 185°F).
The 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB variants of the Lexar Play microSDXC UHS-I Card each comes with a five-year lifetime warranty.