SanDisk is best known to Android users for providing the microSD memory cards that faithfully hold all of our photos, videos and music on our devices. Smartphones that support MicroSD usually only do so up to 64GB, so phone manufacturers will now have to design anew to support the new 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card.
Many have been focused on the big smartphone and smartwatch announcements coming out of the 0first day of MWC in Barcelona; SanDisk may not share the same spotlight as the phone manufacturers, but this is certainly an important announcement for many of us. Not only does this new card hold 128GB of your data, but delivers it to device with the fastest UHS-I interface on the SDXC flash memory standard, which means the only thing it can’t really do is 4K video.
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.
SanDisk wants you to use your mobile device without having to worry about storage limitations. Research director Christopher Chute heralds the 128GB microSD a huge success, and indeed it is impressive to think about all of that data on such a small device.
If the $200 price tag for this new 128GB microSD card is a little out of reach, SanDisk is launching several versions down to 8GB capacity for $30. No word on when we can get our hands on these, but they will be available exclusively at Amazon.com and BestBuy.com.
SanDisk also want to help you manage your Android device storage, not just your memory card storage. The SanDisk Memory Zone app has been available in the Google Play Store for a while now but will soon include a service called OptiMem. OptiMem will automatically transfer your old photos and videos to your microSD card as well as monitor your storage to provide alarms when you reach certain memory levels. These new features are a great addition to Memory Zone’s one-stop-shop approach to viewing and managing all of the files on your Android device, and some connected cloud accounts too.
Have you filled up your current microSD card? Does your device even have a microSD card slot, or have you found ways to manage your storage needs through cloud services or other wireless technologies?