SanDisk has announced a new step up in the mobile storage department. The company's new microSD card packs a whopping 128GB of space, and it can be yours for a mere 200 bucks. This is the first 128GB microSDXC card on the market, doubling the size of previously available cards.


SanDisk had to clear some engineering hurdles to cram all that capacity in the microSD form factor. This card was developed using a proprietary technique that allows SanDisk to stack 16 ultra-thin memory dies on top of each other. The end result is a tiny card that can accommodate 16 hours of 1080p video. That's a 1,000x increase in capacity in only 10 years.

The cards are going to be on sale immediately at Best Buy and Amazon. The MSRP is $199.99, which will probably come down a bit after more 128GB microSD cards hit the market.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

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  • CuriousCursor

    Wait... my SSD is 128GB. O.o

    • Michael J Carroll

      At least ssd drives are more reliable and offer better r/w speeds.

    • Sunset Rider

      But do they make micro SSDs that can be inserted into phones or tablets?

      • CuriousCursor

        I'm marvelling more at the physical size difference than anything else, kinda like there could be this in my laptop instead of the SSD but as the other poster said, SSDs are faster.

  • ProductFRED

    Perfect. Just when Google decides to crack down on microSD cards in KitKat...

    • hot_spare

      I doubt the intentions of google in this respect. Ok, they never used SD card in Nexus. But, why make it harder now after having this feature for years? This is a joke!

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

        Google wants you to use their cloud storage so they can get more information about you and if you use a micro SD card do you think they can get into that way?

        That's the only real reason why, everything they say is just to cover that up since its but hard to use a good explorer since we have been doing it for years with our PCs.

        • Tier

          Yes of course they can see your information on an SD card.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            I'm not saying they can't but its more effort on google's part while if you use their cloud they have easier access since you have to be online to use it.

      • ANex

        Nexus One...

    • Dylan

      Yeah, shame on Google. Their greed outweigh their own (Android) strength.
      I don't like Lumias but credits to them for supporting 64GB sdcard even on lower-end models.

  • Jephri

    This guy is excited

    • Dylan

      Now we need phones that support 128GB microSDXC..

      • Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh

        I'm fairly sure any phone that supports a 64GB card will support this without further updates.

      • Sunset Rider

        1. Insert card.
        2. Format.

        You're good to go.

      • John Double

        they support them now.

      • smartphone lover

        Samsung galaxy S5


    We'll be reaching 1TB in microSD-cards before we do in SSD's, hahaha!

    • blahmoomoo

      Err, 1TB SSDs exist... unless you're talking about ones built in to phones.

      • SSDROiD

        Really? Aren't they just multiple smaller SSD's put together?

        • blahmoomoo

          Here's an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W014B1465

          Sure, it has multiple SSD chips inside (most SSDs do that anyway), but it's still one 2.5" unit. Not sure how recently they've been making them this way, but I'd guess at least half a year.

          • SSDROiD

            Hmmm, alright, I stand corrected. :)

      • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

        OCZ even has a 3.2 TB SSD (pci-x) and it's a whopping 24.000 dollars.

  • smeddy

    Yay please!! (But gotta stop buying micro sds at full price)

  • Sebastian Nuñez Del Prado

    I just bought a 64Gb SanDisk micro sd card earlier on Amazon for $39... son of a ....Haha
    But in all seriousness I am happy they finally came out with a 128Gb sd card. Despite all this talk about cloud storage... what good does it do to have 1tb cloud storage with all these limited data plans. Seems to me micro sd cards will remain prominent for a long time.
    Until the 128gb price lowers I'll be putting my new 64Gb to good use.

    • Alex

      I love Tmo's unlimited plan. And the coverage and lte is unbelievable with my Nexus 5...

      • naniyattenda

        And the waste of battery life by downloading everything you want to use again is also unbelievable.

        • CerealFTW

          That and how it takes forever to upload and download files compared to external storage. I have a n5 with unlimited on tmo also and rarely use cloud, it's really inconvenient

          • Ichibanmugen

            I used to have an unlimited plan back in UK on "Three"

            on the Note 3 it was pretty useful and never had performance issues and the battery still easily lasts for over a day with heavy usage!

  • namesib

    Nice. :) Will buy once the price drops.

  • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

    My phone's not a PC. It works great with the cloud, I'll leave physical storage to my PC.

    • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

      You won't be saying that when you are in a place where you can't be online.

      • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

        That seldom happens, and when it does, I still have my standard 32 gigs, which is more than enough for anything I need.

        • sssgadget

          It's always good to have more options.

        • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

          Well good for you, however you do not represent everyone.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            Neither do you, my friend... neither do you ;-)

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            I never said I did.

            What baffles me is why people like you want to get rid of expandable storage just because you personally don't use them. Why not just let people that like expandable storage have it, more options is better then less.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            Neither did I ;-)

            I am totally fine with SD cards where they truthfully belong: cameras. Not phones. Cameras.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            Then throw your smartphone away since having a camera on a phone is just too much for you, a Nokia 3310 is better suited to your needs or better yet use a tin can on a piece of string.

          • Aborto

            But we are not the ones supporting the removal of something you use

        • matt_helm

          640K is enough for anyone!

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            Yeah, but apparently we're stuck with phones with no less than 16 gigs..! :-)
            Aaaah, good ol' times when we used floppy disks and we didn't complain...

        • Aborto

          Good for you. In my country I cant buy a mobile plan with more than 4GB per month and we have mobile coverage to about 20% of the land area.

          Pull your head out of your ass, where you live is not the world, most of the world cant get unlimited data plans or rely on universal coverage and having an SD card is entirely optional to you and doesn't change the way your phone works.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            You'd better not judge people without knowing them. I've lived in 3 countries and I'm planning to go and live in 2 more in the next 3-5 years. I know how coverage and wi-fi works, and I spent my two years in France with 500MB of data cap. Not a lot, but I managed really well.
            My current data plan is 2GB and I don't need any more. For intensive downloading/uploading there is Wi-Fi.

          • Aborto

            The point here is that you are fine with limiting yourself to 2GB of data and internal storage but a lot of people aren't.

            It makes no difference to you if your phone has an SD card slot, if you don't install an SD card in a phone with a slot it behaves exactly like a nexus. It doesn't do you any harm or inconvenience and it is absolutely critical to millions of other people.

            So why do you have an issue with them? Why would you want them removed from phones when it does you no harm?

            I can understand why some people don't need them but I just cant get the logic behind wanting them gone, it seems spiteful.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            SD cards are slow and insecure. They get corrupted much easier than internal memory. Also, they potentially represent a threat to privacy if the phone they're in gets stolen, as there is no wipe that can help if the sd card is removed from the phone.

            I like the absence of SD cards because it gives you more control of what's in the phone and what's not.

            Does this justify all the fuss I'm making? Surely not for many people around here, I perfectly know. But I think that SD cards have accomplished their task (giving cheap storage to low-end phones in Android's early days). Now, with technology moving on, they're not that necessary anymore and I'm glad to see that Google is doing right this.

          • Aborto

            I can understand your points to some extent, they are not unreasonable, but they just don't apply to everyone.

            Nothing gets saved to the SD card unless you choose to, so don't put data you care about there, simple. My camera photos go to internal, all my apps go to internal. The only stuff that is on the SD card is stuff I don't care about.

            They are slower than internal storage and they can get corrupted sure, but long gone are the days when apps saved data to the SD card and a slow one would ruin the phones performance. What they are is cheap bulk storage for music and the like, they are not for app data and other performance critical stuff.

            There isn't even an option on most newer phones to put the apps on the SD card, its just not an issue.

            How does having an SD card give you less control? If I have a card I can choose to put data I want on there, I can choose to create data backups to make moving phones easier. If I don't have an SD card I have no control over where the data goes, it will all have to go on the internal storage regardless of what I want.

            And again, take the card out and everything works exactly as if it was never there to begin with.

            I do agree that they wont be needed when internal storage is cheap, but as it is 64GB phones are very rare, most of what I see is still 16GB, google sold a damn phone with 8GB internal and no SD card slot!

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            How can they represent a threat to privacy when the most it does is act as a storage for photos, videos and other miscellaneous things when the internal storage does pretty much the same as well as store app data.

            You have the exact same control whether you use an SD card or not, it just seems like you are too lazy to use a damn file explorer.

            So the right thing is to force people to use their cloud service that only works when you are online while limiting the amount of space the internal memory has? By your logic why bother using a smartphone at all since it obviously does too much for you, your better off with an old Nokia 3310.

          • Aborto

            Apps2SD was a dirty hack and in retrospect google should probably never have done it, it caused poor performance, crashes and confusion.

            But apps2SD no longer exists, the SD card is only used by people who know what they are doing with it, it is optional bulk storage and doesn't hurt performance.

            And unfortunately while technology has moved on the manufacturers haven't, there has been no real change in the size of storage offered since the days of the galaxy S2. Still 16GB by default, 32GB for an insane markup and 64GB not even an option most of the time, and this is for high end phones. Remember the half a billion or so android users that are likely buying cheap low end devices with less than 8GB included.

          • MattE303

            In a previous post you denied that you are trying to speak for *everyone*, but you continue to do exactly that, over and over. Your arguments only apply to YOUR usage model, not mine and a *lot* of others. If you don't need an SD card, don't put one in the slot, that eliminates every one of your arguments against SD cards stated previously. An SD card is still very much necessary for a lot of us; my 64GB SD is nearly full of music because it's too expensive to constantly stream music, podcasts etc from the cloud even if coverage was 100% everywhere I go (which it isn't), why is that *so* difficult for you to comprehend? Do you really not get it, or are you just trolling?

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            This means you've not even tried to read a line of what I've written over and over here.
            I'm talking about my usage because that's exactly what I'm doing : I'm talking about myself and how *I* (well, and Google too, apparently... but that's a detail ;-) think SD cards have made their time.
            And no thanks, I'm not buying an SD card-compatible phone just not to insert a card in the slot. I'm buying a Nexus, which perfectly represent my philosophy.

          • MattE303

            *sigh* all you want, it doesn't change what you've written. Here's a direct quote from one of your posts:

            "But I think that SD cards have accomplished their task (giving cheap storage to low-end phones in Android's early days). Now, with technology moving on, they're not that necessary anymore and I'm glad to see that Google is doing right this."

            Now, please explain how that is anything but a blanket statement that applies to all users. It says nothing about you, or your specific needs, instead we see "SD cards have accomplished their task...they're not that necessary anymore". Maybe you're not doing a good job of articulating your meaning, I don't know, I can't read your mind, I can only read your posts.

            As for Google's position on this, well of course they want SD cards to go away, it is in their financial interest. The vast majority of their income comes from people using the internet/cloud, not the tiny handful of Nexus phones they sell. Thankfully, the company that sells the overwhelming majority of Android phones worldwide (Samsung) *doesn't* agree and continues to include SD card support in their phones, because they realize a very large percentage of users still want/need them. That will only change when we either have affordable phones with large amounts of built in storage (at least 64GB, preferably 128GB+) or carriers change to an unlimited data model and coverage improves dramatically. I don't see either of those things happening anytime soon.

            You're entitled to your personal preferences, but it would be nice if you expressed them as such, instead of couching them as "facts" that apply to everyone (like the quote above).

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            Bizarre, I though I had started that sentence you quoted with a plain clear "I think". Maybe I wasn't being subjective enough?
            You, on the opposite, seem pretty sure that "a very large percentage of users still want/need" sd cards. Maybe you want to check that out. I see many people having a sd card-compatible phone but really don't giving any care.

          • MattE303

            Let's try this. Here are 2 different statements:

            1. I don't need an SD card.

            2. NO ONE needs an SD card.

            Statement #1 is fine, that's your personal preference/opinion. If you said things like that, I would have no objection. Statement #2 is projecting your needs/preferences onto everyone else, which is what I object to in your posts. Putting "I think" in front of it makes no difference at all, you are still telling others what they "should" want or need based on YOUR personal criteria. This is what I (and others) object to in your posts. Do you see the difference?

            As for my statement about "a very large percentage", yes, based on conversations with friends, reading these types of discussions about new products, and listening to a variety of technology podcasts ("All About Android", TWIT, etc.) I think it's a very safe assumption that there are still a lot of users like me who want SD card capability. Please note that I did not say "a majority", I just said "a very large percentage". I think it is also strongly supported by Samsung still including them, and I recently heard that Samsung accounts for approx. 80% of Android phone sales worldwide). If Samsung thought this feature was unimportant to the vast majority of their customers, why would they continue to incur the expense of including it in their phones?

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            Seriously man, are you reading what I've written or what? Where did I say that "no one needs sd cards"?
            Sammy also includes the crappiest, most bloated UI a phone's ever seen, but that doesn't mean everyone likes it. It's just there, like that sd card slot.

          • MattE303

            Really? You DON'T see how you your statement...

            "But I think that SD cards have accomplished their task.... Now, with technology moving on, they're not that necessary anymore..."

            ...is pretty much the same as saying "no one needs SD cards".

            I give up. SMH...

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            No, it is not the same thing. It totally is not. It is not even close from being "pretty much" it. Besides, you still seem not to be registering that "I think" of mine.
            Oh well, moving on.

    • naniyattenda

      My phones not a camera, so I don't need one. My Phone's not a PC, so I don't need an Internet browser. My Phone's not a TV, so I don't need FullHD. Its not a gaming device, so I don't need a strong GPU. Its nothing but a phone, so I only need a phone. Is that what you want to say? Oh, and the Cloud first came on the PC, so its original a PC thing. Actually you must be against the cloud on the phone too because its just a phone.

      • GraveUypo

        in fact smartphones fit the name "personal computer" way better than desktop computers do. because you know, they're personal.

      • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

        I can say that to a phone, a smartphone, a fridge, an elevator and cute kittens. They are not a pc and they all absolve different functions / roles.
        If you want to stack up stuff onto something, hard drives are the way to go. SD cards were useful once when internal memory was laughable, now as you can see Google + OEMs are moving away from them.
        About time, I'd say.

        • naniyattenda

          Thats nonsense, internal memory is internal memory, no matter if its 16GB or 128GB. Its not a different function, its technological evolution of the exact same thing. And Google is holding back the evolution of internal storage.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            Yes, a fridge does not need an sd card, the same as a smartphone, you're right.
            A PC, on the opposite, needs storage, as it has always been.

          • naniyattenda

            Just like a Smartphone does not need PC Functions, like you said. That means away with the internet, music, camera, app installing function and everything else.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            You're wrong there, SD card is not a function.

          • naniyattenda

            The level of mobile smartphone storage nowadays is about 128GB. Its smartphone niveau, if they don't give it to us they should at least offer the possibility to expand it with micro SDs.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            They've given pretty much solid and cheap storage on the cloud, which makes up for the biggest part. It may not be accessible anytime, anywhere, but it's an excellent compromise and allows you not to depend on a piece of plastic.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            They're already doing it. I don't absolutely understand why one should absolutely have 128gigs always with him, but thank God people are different.

    • Matthew Fry
      • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

        That video is one of my favourite ones!! :-D

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Now all we need now is for phones to support these and fans of expandable storage can really say fuck you to all this cloud rubbish.

  • supremekizzle

    Dude. $200 could by all you whiny bitches enough data to utilize cloud storage so you don't need SD cards.

    • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

      Exactly my point.

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

        Yes and when you aren't online its useless.

        • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

          That seldom happens, and when it does, I still have my standard 32 gigs, which is more than enough for anything I need.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            Like I said before why not just let people have their expandable storage, it doesn't affect you in any way.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            I'd like to, if it didn't mess with the OS and UX. Unfortunately, the opposite is true.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            Since when does it mess with anything.

            The OS has always interacted directly with the internal storage and only uses the expandable storage when it is selected, it hasn't ever messed with the OS at all. Apps don't install on the expandable storage nor refer to it first when selecting a directory.

            All I see is someone whining against people having cost effective choices.

          • Fernando Rodríguez Herrera

            You must've skipped over http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Google-SD-Card-Nexus-Smartphone,18841.html
            Way, way better for a developer and a user to have everything in one place rather than scattered between internal and external storage.

          • Aborto

            That's a pretty poor excuse by google. By default nothing uses the SD card unless you specifically tell it to anyway. None of my apps install to the SD card, I don't need them too. The only data on my SD card is ebooks, music, photos and backups. All of which I put there.

            Apps don't write junk randomly to the root of the SD card, they write to the root of the internal SD which wouldn't change if the SD card was removed.

            Developers don't have to change anything if they don't want to. It just an optional storage place for those of us that need it.

          • Guest

            See my other comment.

          • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

            No app randomly writes to the external storage ever, so I have no idea where out of your ass you pull that shit.

            So its better to limit the amount of storage and memory a user has just because some people don't want to take the extra effort and use a bloody file explorer instead of expecting everything to be handed to them on a plate?

            You must really hate PCs and external and portable hard drives since you need to do the exact same bloody thing.

    • Spud The Potato Bow-tie Guy

      not only that last week 64GB cards were on offer on Amazon UK for around £25, I could of got 4 of them and still had change for the price of a 128GB

    • Guillaume

      The point of SD cards is to access your data when the net is not available (e.g. in planes, in the tube, etc.)

    • wayne

      That's fine for those that live in areas of the world with cheap and reliable data. Some of us, like here in Australia pay $45 for 7gb, by my calculations that would give this whiney bitch just over 31gb of transfer for $200, that doesn't even come close to 128gb once let alone regular transfering.

    • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

      And how can you access that data when you are not online?

    • naniyattenda

      with you 200$ can buy an SD Card so you don't need the Cloud.
      The Cloud shortens the battery life even more. So logically, SD Cards are better in every aspect besides google having it harder to know what you have on your phone.

    • Raul Acevedo

      That's nice that in your alternate parallel universe there is 100% coverage, world wide, for fast, reliable phone service with cheap, unlimited data plans. Here on planet earth, in the hub of technology of the world, San Francisco, I can't get a signal through Verizon in some buildings in downtown; in tunnels; in many blind spots in the city; not to mention much of BART; or many places where I drive. Not to mention planes and foreign countries.

    • Aborto

      Idiot, maybe where you live, not in the rest of the world. $200 per month could buy me a 4GB mobile plan. That's it, 4GB per month.

      My 64GB SD card holds as much data as I could download over 3G with my current 1GB monthly data limit in 5 years. 5 years of my current plan would cost me $5400.

      $5400 vs $45. Tell me again how the cloud is the best option.

      • Matt Kneale

        Meanwhile my unlimited 4G data with 3 Mobile in the UK kicks ultimate ass.

  • DN2014

    Why? SD card is the floppy drive/CD-ROM of the mobile world...

    • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

      That works when you don't have an internet connection, tell that to your precious cloud.

    • naniyattenda

      So by your logic external Harddrives are the floppy drive of the modern PC World.

      • h4rr4r

        Ones with spinning rust sure are. SSD or GTFO.

  • Andrew White

    Micosoft, Apple and Google can push their respective clouds on tech sites and the media as much as they wish. All it is achieving is to push me to source 1) a flagship phone that will accept 128GB or more of removable storage and 2) the Sailfish O/S (Linux based) with its privacy safeguards is becoming more appealing by the day.

  • Robbie Khan

    Aww yissss!

    I've been waiting for this moment for a long time, wes dreading having to migrate my music to Google Music as my 64GB card in the Note 3 is close to full.

    • Matthew Fry

      It's not so bad. Join us.

  • Infinitebl

    I guess nobody told Best Buy or Amazon yet

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    It never fails. I just got a 64GB SD card for my Note 10.1 >_< All well, it's not like I'm filling that up any time soon. BUT caching video and audio is what gets me (plex and google music) while both of those can be run off the cloud is saves battery to run it locally plus sometimes when you're traveling the internet signal isn't always the most stable.

  • Dave

    I just got adapter and 256GB normal SD card...

  • GraveUypo

    that's cool.
    i'm just now getting my 64gb card. good to know there's soon gonna be a upgrade to that if it gets to cramped.

  • Stanley Chan

    Insert my 128 sandisk format and voilá 120gb availiable. 10 gb only for stupid format...

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    I'm sure some asshole somewhere is going to make a big deal about the price. But as @ryan already pointed out, the way that internal storage has evolved has been incredibly. My first flash drive (aka, pen drive) only had about 128 MB of storage (or something like that), and that was only around 2003. It had enough space to make me happily replace floppy disks (remember those??). But the fact is just 10 years later, and you have a storage card that that's small with that much memory capacity... that's pretty huge (at least in the scope of things).

  • Akshay

    "That's a 1,000x increase in capacity in only 10 years"

    2^10 = 1024.

    Storage has on average doubled every year. I think that's pretty cool.

  • smartphone lover

    I need this I only had my 64 GO Samsung SD card for 6 months and it's already full I have 24 blueray movies on it with 400 13MP PICS and 1200 264 bit songs