SanDisk has announced that it will be shipping its 16 gigabyte mobile memory cards this January.
The massive capacity of SanDisk Mobile Ultra microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro mobile memory cards allows consumers to tackle the storage hogs that are becoming available for handsets. Music playback, photo and video camera functions, gaming and GPS applications all take a lot of space.
From the release:
“Mobile devices are at the center of our digital world. You can never overestimate the need for more storage,” said Avi Greengart, Research Director, Mobile Devices for Current Analysis, an independent market research firm.
“As consumers listen to music, view photos, take and watch videos on their phones, the need for high-capacity removable mobile phone memory cards that can quickly transfer these files increases,” said Diana Cartwright, senior director, retail marketing, SanDisk. “Our new 16GB SanDisk Mobile Ultra microSDHC and M2 cards include a MobileMate Micro reader for fast side-loading, offering the most convenient means for people to store, move and play digital content to and from their mobile phones.”
What we think?
Having this kind of storage on your mobile device can open a lot of options for content providers. It’s less important to be able to stream live video effectively when users can download TV episodes straight onto their mobile’s hard-drive to watch later. Major issues? Filling a 16 gig hard-drive with content is going to cost a hell of a lot in data charges, and take a loooong time. Until downloads become a lot faster over the mobile web, the only real application for that much storage will be for keeping your own cameraphone pics and videos.