SanDisk pushes the boundaries with new 128GB microSDXC card


posted Monday, February 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM EDT


If you have a device that requires a microSD card, your storage options have just massively increased thanks to the new 128GB microSDXC announced by SanDisk. Billed as the world's highest capacity, SanDisk claims you can keep "16 hours of Full HD video, 7,500 songs, 3,200 photos and more than 125 apps" on just one card.

The card is UHS-I compliant, for up to 30MB/s read speed. With such a large capacity, it can also hold up to 24 hours of HD video, which is more than enough for just about any conceivable situation. SanDisk is specifically aiming the card at Android phones and tablets—but some cameras also use microSD cards, like the Sony QX10 and QX100. The promise of 24 hours of video storage also would make the card an excellent fit for security cameras that record to microSD.

SanDisk had to do some heavy R&D to pack so much storage into such a little frame, and "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."

As you might expect from the first generation of such a large amount of storage, these cards won't be cheap. The full 128GB version will set you back $199.99 when it becomes available through Best Buy and Amazon. However, give it a few product generations, and it's bound to drop in price.