SanDisk just doubled the maximum capacity of the microSD card. The company on Monday announced the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card, the world’s largest-capacity microSD card. That’s twice the size of the 64GB card previously available.
The new 128GB cards are available exclusively through Amazon and Best Buy starting today for $199.99.
Designed for use in Android phones and tablets, SanDisk’s microSDXC cards cards are roughly twice as fast as average microSD cards (with 10MB/s write speed). They share the same tiny form factor, though – about the size of a pinky nail. The 128GB card looks exactly the same as every other microSD card – it just happens to have at least twice as much storage available. To fit that much memory onto the removable card, SanDisk developed a technique that allows for 16 memory die — each shaved to be thinner than a strand of hair – to be stacked vertically.
Just how much can you store on 128GB? About 16 hours of full HD video, 7,500 songs, 3,200 photos and more than 125 apps, according to SanDisk. Think about it this way: If your phone has a microSD card slot, it means you’ll probably never have to worry about storage again.
SanDisk also updated its Memory Zone Android app, which lets users view, access and back up all of the files on their device from one location. It also released OptiMem, a feature that frees up internal memory on your device by automatically transferring old photos and videos to your microSD card.