If your mobile smart device is an entertainment hub or recorder of high resolution photo, video and audio as most, then you'll likely find your onboard memory and microSD card storage filling up rather quickly. SanDisk chose the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, to announce some storage anxiety relief in the shape of the world’s largest capacity microSD card.
SanDisk has introduced a new SD card, sure to encourage that more is definitely better. Said another way by Matt Burns over at TechCrunch:
"SanDisk announced the tiny card that packs a boat-load of data into something smaller than a U.S. dime and almost as thin as a postage stamp. 128GB. In a single microSD card. Thanks, science."
SanDisk’s 128GB Ultra Micro SDXC is twice the size of what used to be their largest memory card, the 64GB. What does this mean for users? It means 24 hours of HD video, almost 46,000 JPEG quality pictures, or approximately 128,000 songs. The card uses the Ultra High Speed 1 Interface which is the fastest performance category to date, it reads and writes up to 45 megabytes per second. This means quicker downloads, and faster transfers between memory and device.
It’s amazing to see the growth of the microSD card since its appearance over ten years ago. When it first came out the largest size was the 128MB, today’s card has 1000 times more memory storage than that. The 128MB card stored four hours of music and only 40 minutes of video. In 2001 this was considered a high capacity storage card, and now the likelihood of consumers using anything less than 8GB is unseen.
The problems users may encounter with the use of this new storage card, is the same problem some may have had with the 64GB. It may not work very well for older devices. SanDisk will also be updating its’ Android app OptiMem so that it will keep track of the user’s memory levels and automatically move old media to the storage card. This will take away the hassle of having to manually move pictures and videos to the SD card and allow users to capture those special moments faster.
The card can be bought online from sites like Amazon and BestBuy and the price range runs from about $120- $300.
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