SanDisk has been on a tear lately. Following up the launch of its Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card earlier this month, which it bills as the fastest SD card from here to the edge of the galaxy, SanDisk today announced its new 128GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 memory card, which offers the most capacity of any microSD card ever made. That's a pretty impressive amount of storage for a part that's smaller than the size of a fingernail.
"SanDisk’s high-performance 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card will reshape the way users interact with their devices," said Stuart Robinson, director, Handset Component Technologies, Strategy Analytics. "Until now, consumers had to spread out their content between multiple products because the memory on those devices was not able to hold enough data in one place. This 128GB microSD card is going to be popular as the preferred removable storage option, giving users fast, secure and reliable access to their personal data archives."
The capacious card is designed for Android smartphones and tablets. According to SanDisk, it's capable of holding 16 hours of Full HD video, 7,500 songs, 3,200 photos, and more than 128 apps.
Compared to the first microSD card (128MB) launched in 2004, SanDisk's 128GB model is capable of storing 1,000 more data. To enable that kind of storage increase, SanDisk said it developed an "innovative proprietary technique" that involves vertically stacking 16 memory die, each of which is shaved thinner than a single strand of hair.
SanDisk says the new 128GB Ultra microSDXC card is available only at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com for $200 MSRP. We checked online and didn't see it listed on Best Buy's website just yet, though Amazon has it listed (and "temporarily out of stock") for $120 with adapter.