Over in Barcelona earlier today, memory card manufacturer SanDisk has unveiled the worlds first 128GB MicroSD memory card. It’s tiny but packs a bloody punch when it comes to storage, lets hope smartphone manufacturers adopt it soon.
Coined the SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I, SanDisk’s new microSD card is smaller than the size of a fingernail and has been specifically designed for Android devices, its also said to hold 16 hours of Full HD video, 7,500 songs, 3,200 photos or more than 125 apps. This truly is the god of all storage solutions for smartphones and tablets.
“SanDisk’s high-performance 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card will reshape the way users interact with their devices,” said Stuart Robinson, director, Handset Component Technologies, Strategy Analytics. “Until now, consumers had to spread out their content between multiple products because the memory on those devices was not able to hold enough data in one place. This 128GB microSD card is going to be popular as the preferred removable storage option, giving users fast, secure and reliable access to their personal data archives.”
So how exactly have SanDisk managed to compact so much memory into such a small form factor? Well according to the release “to enable 128GB of storage on a removable microSD card, SanDisk developed an innovative proprietary technique that allows for 16 memory die to be vertically stacked, each shaved to be thinner than a strand of hair.”
“The technology used to design the 128GB Ultra microSDXC card is well in line with what mobile users expect, and demonstrates SanDisk’s commitment to mobility,” said Christopher Chute, research director, Worldwide Digital Imaging, IDC. “Being able to fit this much capacity into a microSD card smaller than a fingernail is a game changer, and expands the possibilities of what people can do with their mobile devices. The 128GB Ultra microSDXC card frees users from constant concerns around storage limitations.”
In terms of pricing and availability, SanDisk have revealed that the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card is available worldwide with a MSRP of $199.99 (about £120).
Though SanDisk seem to have revolutionised technology to squeeze epic amounts of memory into a tiny, tiny microSD card, what we’re currently lacking is support for such a high capacity card. Currently the majority of Android devices support microSD upto 32GB with the rarity of some supporting 64GB. I’m hoping smartphone manufacturers adopt this technology and add the support as half of the phones announced at the MWC today need it.