6GB microSDHC and 16GB SDHC Cards Now Available
Owners of Treo 750 and 755p smartphones have been stuck at the 4GB limit for some time now, enviously watching as fullsize SDHC capacities soar to 16GB while 8GB SDHC card prices continue to plummet. Now it appears that some relief is in sight for users of not just the miniSD-equipped Treos 750/755p but microSD Palm devices such as the new Palm Centro and Treo 500v. Sandisk now has a 6GB microSDHC card for sale on their site with a $99.99 MSRP.
A recent search through a variety of e-tailers results in numerous listings of 6GB Class 4 Sandisk microSDHC cards. Amazon, is offering the 6GB card for a surprisingly low $80.85 with free shipping. Per Sandisk’s standard practice, the card ships with a Micromate USB 2.0 reader/writer. The card carries Sandisk’s standard 5-year limited warranty. Unfortunately for Treo 750 and 755p owners, the Sandisk card includes just a fullsize SDHC adapter so a miniSD adapter will have to be sourced elsewhere.
Also notable, the first legitimate-looking 8GB Sandisk microSDHC cards have begun appearing on E-Bay and on several small e-tail sites. Prices for the 8GB cards are in the neighborhood of $120 but Sandisk has not announced initial availability as of yet. Considering the relative success of using 8GB SDHC fullsize cards on the Treo 680 and 700p, 8GB miniSDHC cards might prove to be more capable than their 6GB siblings. An ongoing TreoCentral forum thread indicates that the 6GB microSDHC cards are unfortunately seen by Palm OS devices as only having ~1. 7GB of available space. This information should be taken with a grain of salt at the moment, as no widespread testing has not been done due to the newness of both the Centro, 500v, and 6GB microSDHC cards.
Assuming Palm works out the kinks in the Garnet OS' file system to support card capacities larger than 4GB, all of the above news is a welcome sign that the 4GB logjam is finally being lifted for users of mini/micro SDHC devices. It will also be interesting to see if manufacturers begin to phase out miniSD-equipped devices in favor of microSD. Palm, for example, has only released two smartphones in a year’s time with miniSDHC but has already released two models with microSDHC in the past month.