SanDisk bumps up microSD cards to 16GB

Mobile phones must keep pace with storage industry

SanDisk now has 16GB microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro flash memory cards

SanDisk now has 16GB microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro flash memory cards

SanDisk has announced its 16GB microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro (M2) memory cards for use in mobile phones and other portable devices.

The company believes such capacity will “wake up” consumers to additional storage-intensive features of portable devices.

Crazy John’s mobile phone stores will be the first retailer in Australia to carry the 16GB cards when they become available in October.

The 16GB microSDHC card will sell for $141 and the 16GB M2 card for $188.

Research director for mobile devices at Current Analysis Avi Greengart said flash memory cards have increased in storage capacity, but even an 8GB card may be too small for anyone with GPS map data, movies, games, and presentation files.

“There is an acute need for more mobile storage capacity,” Greengart said. “16GB gives consumers the ability to carry their digital content with them and still have room to do more with their mobile phones."

Both cards come with a five-year limited warranty.

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