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SANDISK HAS USED Mobile World Congress (MWC) to announce the "world's first" 128GB microSD card designed for Android smartphones and tablets.
The Class 10 SDXC UHC-1 Sandisk Ultra card is capable of holding 16 hours of full HD video, 7,500 songs or 3,200 photos.
The card, which the company claims delivers twice the speed of a standard SD card, has been built specifically for use in Android devices and is expected to have compatibility with any device capable of interfacing with an SDXC card. The device works by stacking 16 memory dies vertically, with each thinner than a single hair, allowing more storage to be fitted into the confined space of a microSD card.
"The new Sandisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how Sandisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements," said Susan Park, Sandisk director of retail product marketing. "With 128GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space."
This is the second big announcement for Sandisk this month, following its announcement of what it claimed is the "world's fastest" SD card. The firm is clearly aiming for a spot in the Guinness World Records.
Sandisk's fastest Extreme microSD card was released last year, but is not available in a 128GB card.
The 128GB capacity microSD card joins the rest of the Sandisk Ultra range and is available for around £120. So far we haven't found any UK websites that are selling it, though Sandisk assured us that it will go on sale worldwide. We are awaiting word from Sandisk about a UK release date. µ
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