BARCELONA, Spain -- Those whose mobile phones or tablets are maxed out with photos, apps, and videos will be delighted to hear that flash memory card maker SanDisk announced a new microSD card with 128GB capacity.
Prices range from $30 to $200, and the cards will be available online only at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com.
The cards use the higher-speed UHS-1 interface, SanDisk said, for faster read and write speeds. The top-end card isn't for everybody, though: many phones come with the earlier microSDHC standard, which maxes out at 32GB.
SanDisk also said it will update its Memory Zone app for Android by adding a feature called OptiMem that automatically transfers people's older photos and videos to a microSD card. "OptiMem will continuously monitor users' mobile device memory levels and inform them whenever the internal memory falls below a predefined threshold," SanDisk said.
When the microSD format first appeared a decade ago, the largest capacity was 128MB -- 1,000 times smaller than the newest card.
Updated at 10:35 a.m. PT to correct that the earlier version of the standard is microSDHC.