Kingmax MicroSD card hits 64GB mark

Kingmax introduces the world's first microSD card that offers 64GB of storage space.

A few years back during CES 2009, I was introduced to the first microSD card that offered 16GB of storage space. Considering the card's size, which is smaller than the nail on your little finger, that was really a wow. But it's not a big deal anymore.

A blown-up picture of Kingmax's first 64GB microSD card.
A blown-up picture of Kingmax's first 64GB microSD card. Kingmax

Kingmax, a big name among system memory vendors, introduced today the first microSD card that offers 64GB of storage space. To put this in context, the device would hold enough data to fill two and a half Blu-ray discs (some 24 hours of 720p content), in a space that's again smaller than your fingernail. The new card supports the microSDXC standard, where XC stands for "extended capacity."

Kingmax says the little module features a Class 6 rating, meaning it can read and write at up to 48Mbps. While this is fast for a microSD card, it would still take about three hours to fill it up or pull all the data off of it.

Note that it's unlikely your smartphone can handle the card, as most smartphones are designed to work with microSD cards in capacities of 16GB or lower. For this reason, Kingmax hasn't announced the pricing for the new card yet, but expect it to be available for purchase soon.

Also expect other vendors to soon introduce their own 64GB microSD cards.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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