Kingston Ships Fast but Pricey 32 GB microSDHC Phone Card

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For users who like to store lots of music, video and photos on to their smartphones, Kingston has started shipment of a new Class 4 32 GB microSDHC card.

Kingston’s card is fast and roomy, but it doesn’t come cheap. MSRP is $153 for a standalone card and $155 for a version with an SD adapter.

In comparison, a 32 GB microSDHC card from competing SanDisk sells for around $89 at places like Amazon.

SanDisk’s product is a Class 2 card, though, so it doesn’t have the same speedy 4 MB/sec minimum transfer rate as Kingston’s Class 4 card.

It wouldn’t be surprising, however, if the pricing on Kingston’s Class 4 card comes down rather quickly. SanDisk’s Class 2 card cost $200 — as much or more than the price of a carrier-subsidized smartphone — upon its own initial release in March of this year.

Kingston’s new 32GB card allows for storage of more than 6,000 songs, 2,000 minutes of video, or 29,000 photos, the company said in a statement.

The card has “worked flawlessly” in testing with high-end smartphones that include the Motorola Droid X, RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000, and HTC Evo 4G and Shadow, according to Kingston.

Aside from the 32GB card, Kingston also offers Class 4 microSDHC cards in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB.

Kingston’s new card measures 0.43- by 0.59- by 0.0039-inches, meaning that it’s small enough to fit on a fingernail.

Apparently, the card will also work in just about any type of climate. According to Kingston’s specs, operating temperature is -13 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. Storage temperature is -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahreneheit.




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