Flash memory card manufacturer SanDisk has started shipping the world’s first 32GB capacity microSDHC card.
The card is available from SanDisk.com, with global retail availability to follow next month. It will be sold at a suggested retail price of £144.99 and come with a five-year limited warranty.
SanDisk president and chief operating officer Sanjay Mehrotra said: “With the large volume pf photos, videos and music that consumers create and carry around, a high-capacity memory card is a must-have component of today’s smartphone.
“This is the highest capacity card of its type, and SanDisk is pleased to be the first to ship such an advanced product. This marks yet another important first in our innovative history in the flash memory industry.”
32GB is the limit of microSDHC cards, with work underway to gradually move to SDXC cards that offer a theoretical limit of 2TB. However, we wouldn’t even like to begin to consider the cost or estimate when such cards will be released.
Any mobile phone that is designed to work with microSDHC cards (as a guide, anything that can take cards over 2GB in capacity) should work immediately with a 32GB card – even those phones that were advertised as working with 8 or 16GB as their limit. This is because most handset makers simply played safe and quoted cards that already existed and could be physically tested.