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Mobile phone memory cards hit 16GB

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sandisk 16gb microsdhc

SanDisk has been urging us to wake up our phones for ages now. And with a 16GB memory card on the way, you’ve got no excuse for not cramming your handset full of music and movies…

Yes, a whopping 16GB will be available to anyone with a microSDHC or M2 slot in their phone come October. The “world’s largest storage capacity for mobile phones” will cost £45 excluding VAT for the microSDHC version, with the Sony Ericsson version costing around £60 plus VAT.

“The fingernail-sized 16GB memory cards allow consumers to ‘wake up’ the many storage-intensive features offered by today’s portable handsets such as music and video playback, high-definition digital camera functions, gaming and GPS applications,” a similarly small SanDisk press release said today.

“In addition to the mobile phone, consumers can use the 16GB microSDHC card in a multitude of other devices, including a video camera, GPS receiver or an MP3 player with a microSD slot such as SanDisk’s Sansa players.”

Avi Greengart, research director for mobile devices at industry analyst Current Analysis, said extra capacity was needed since handsets have become far more than just phones.

“They’ve become mobile jukeboxes, mobile offices, even mobile movie theaters,” he said.

“Flash memory cards have increased in storage capacity, but even an 8GB card may be too small for anyone with GPS map data, a few movies, a game or two, a presentation file and other applications.”

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.”

SanDisk’s 16GB mobile memory cards will come with a five-year limited warranty.