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SanDisk Delivers 32GB microSDHC Cards

SanDisk (s sndk) tomorrow will officially announce availability of 32 GB microSDHC memory cards for smartphones and other mobile devices. The suggested retail price for the tiny Class 2 cards with 5-year warranty is $199.99, but the price for new technology never comes cheap. Two weeks ago, I decided to migrate all of the media on my phone from a 4 GB to a 16 GB card, and I paid around $60 for the storage upgrade. The card I bought has a Class 6 rating, so it’s faster than the new one from SanDisk; had I opted for a 16 GB unit with similar speeds, I could have had one for around $25. But there aren’t any other 32 GB microSDHC options currently, and folks could be willing to pay a premium for more storage. The cards will be available at SanDisk’s online store as well as U.S. and European online retail shops — worldwide retail availability follows in April.

Just how much storage does 32 GB offer your phone or other mobile device? SanDask says you can listen to music on 35 round-trip flights between San Francisco and New York City before repeating a song. Of course, I’d be more concerned with major jet lag and lost luggage on that many flights, but you get the point. For phones that offer a microSDHC memory slot, this card can bring them up to par with Apple’s current iPhone (s aapl), which offers up to 32 GB of internal storage.

I know that many readers have long waited for higher capacity memory cards and that the MSRP of a product doesn’t mean that’s what you’ll pay. What would you expect these to retail for — or better yet: how much are you willing to pay for 32 GB in your device?

Image courtesy of SanDisk

11 Responses to “SanDisk Delivers 32GB microSDHC Cards”

  1. I doubt I’d buy one at $199, especially if it’s not even class 6, but get down under $130 and I’d be tempted.

    To the guy who asks: “What do you need that much space for?”

    Music, podcasts, videos. I’ve already got a 16gb microSD card in my Nexus One, and it gets crowded on there. I had little trouble filling up a 32gb iPhone with my music selection, and it was difficult to try to pare down to <14gb to fit on the N1 when I switched.

    Is 32gb a must? No. But it’s nice to have the extra space and not have to work too hard at deciding what makes the cut to have in your pocket.

    I’ll bet when they announced 720kb floppy disks you said “who would ever need that much space on a floppy?”, right? LOL

    • Gavin Miller

      As I mentioned earlier, just playing Devil’s Advocate on this one. There’s no denying that 32gb is a LOT of space for a mobile device. I did think that 1.44Mb disks were overkill. ;-)

      But hey, I’ve got 10% left of 4 terrabytes of HDD space at home so……

      • LOL, Gavin.

        Fair enough, but I don’t know, once music and video hit your portable device, the sky becomes the limit (and I’m not talking about cloud computing).

        Don’t they make 160gb iPods? Even I’d have trouble filling that up, but apparently there are those who don’t think 32 or even 64 is too much.

      • Gavin Miller

        What I’ve found as sizes have risen is that I tend just to leave stuff on cards and hard drives and never bother having a clear out. I’ve got a 16gb CF card in my DSLR and never bother removing pics until it eventually fills up. My iPhone is full of music (well, about 100 albums), plus offline ‘Spotify’ playlists, a few movies and TV episodes for travelling, pages and pages of Apps and I’m sitting around 16gb out of 32, so yes, it can be filled!

        It is nice being able to worry less about disk space. I remember using compression software called ‘Stacker’ on a 286 with a 40Mb HDD so I could fit ‘Monkey Island 2: Lechuck’s Revenge’ on it.

      • Stacker! I had that, too. ;-)

        Is it ironic that as we discuss this I am coincidentally sitting here pruning all the old downloads off my laptop’s SSD drive to clean up some of the useless clutter that should have been deleted long ago?

        My friends thought I was nuts when I spent $600 on a 10-MEGAbyte hard drive 20+ or so years ago. How could I ever want so much space? But we’re dating ourselves, and I am sure we all have similar stories.

  2. The Clintidote

    I’ve been waiting for a 32Gb uSDHC card to upgrade my Sandisk Fuze player (currently available only up to 8Gb) so that it can hold my entire CD collection, which is currently about 35Gb.

    At the moment, my Fuze is as big as it can be …. 24Gb with the Sandisk 16Gb card I picked up for about $40.

      • Agreed. I could fill up a 16GB card in a matter of days if it came to storing photos, music, video clips, full-length movies, multiple device backups, applications and documents. For some people, even a 64GB storage area would not be enough. ;)

        It’s about [email protected]#$%^ time we got 32GB capacity cards – they were announced so long ago the device I’m looking to use it in is almost obsolete!!!

        How much would I pay for it though??? I remember buying my first 1GB SD card for $100. I spent the same amount on a 2GB miniSD card about two years later. I would not pay more than $100 for this new Sandisk card, especially if half the capacity cards sell for under $50.

    • Oh I could fill that 32gb up no problem. The bigger problem is how would I keep my batteries going trying to play it all back. After 12 hours of use, my Nexus One’s batteries are dead, so carrying around 500 days worth of audio/video is a great idea but I’d need to be near power at all times to really enjoy it.