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Sandisk's 128 GB microSDXC card reportedly works with the Lumia 1520

microSDXC in Lumia 1520

During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, SanDisk announced their largest-capacity MicroSD card ever with 128 GB of space. Thanks to WPCentral forum member, NoRomBasic, we can see that the SanDisk Ultra 128 GB microSDXC card works with the Nokia Lumia 1520. Initial tests suggest that the card has no performance issues to worry about.

The card is supposed to retail for $200, but Amazon currently has it listed for $119.99. The bad news is that it's currently backordered by a few weeks. This is great news for people with expandable storage capabilities on their phones and tablets.

NoRomBasic has included these reports on the forums so far:

  • It benches about 20% faster than the SanDisk Ultra microSDXC 64GB.
  • I did record about 5 minutes of video last night and had no stuttering issues, as well as played back an episode of Firefly formatted in 720p low-compression WMV format. Card seems to work just fine.

Head over to the forums to follow up on these cards. Are you planning to get one? 

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Sandisk's 128 GB microSDXC card reportedly works with the Lumia 1520

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OMG!!!!! If this is true thennn. Awesome!❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕
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Seriously, the Lumia, and Icon, are modern high end devices way until the end of 2014... They won't be outdated anytime soon..

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There is no reason why it should not work. If your phone works with 64gb SDXC cards it will work with 128gb SDXC cards because its the same technology i.e. SDXC.

I don't know why so many people are surprised by this, this should be common sense and not really news worthy.

 

The problem that many have faced over the years is that devices can have a limit to the amount of storage that can be used. This can either be a hardware, firmware, or software. I can remember owning several devices with expandable storage that were limited to certain capacities. So I couldn't use 8gb cards because 4gb was max for example

There is an unofficial support list gathered by users and sandisk's compatibility tool that mentions that the below phones should work with the sandisk 128gb micro sd. there may be more but they are adding as people mention that it seems fine also there was a confirmation email that said:

Thanks for contacting SanDisk Technical Support. It is our goal to make sure you have all the resources you need to get the most from your product.

Please allow us to inform you that 128GB microSD cards are built to conform to the microSDXC standard and since your phone is currently working with a 64GB microSDXC card we see no reason why the 128GB microSDXC will not work; however we have not tested it so can't guarantee one way or the other.

We remain at your service for any additional information or assistance.

Best regards,

Antonia C.
SanDisk Technical Support

  • HTC 8XT
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
  • Nokia Lumia 520/521
  • Nokia Lumia 525
  • Nokia Lumia 620
  • Nokia Lumia 625
  • Nokia Lumia 720
  • Nokia Lumia 810
  • Nokia Lumia 820
  • Nokia Lumia 822
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
  • Samsung ATIV Odyssey
  • Samsung ATIV S Neo

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I am getting this 128 GB card for my Lumia 1520, but I will test it on my Nokia 2520 tablet, and let everyone know if it works.

 

 

Man I remember 20 years ago when a 30gb hard drive was huge! And outrageously expensive. Now 128gb can fit on something as big as your pinky nail.

I know, and now its €2.50 per GB on a PS Vita card; which is still too exepensive, compared to €1.40 per GB for MicroSD. 

[Math may be a little off ;) ]

There was a time that I wanted an Atari 800, because no way was Dad going to spend the money for an Apple ][+, which was what I'd been using at school.  But then the Commodore 64 came out, and wow - there was 64 KB of RAM in that thing!  WOOHOO!  Down the road, I even got the 1541 floppy drive to go with it.  YAY!

It was another year before I got a small color TV to use with it as a monitor.  It was an amber screen until then.

+925 Atari 2600 Combat. Jam that tank into the corner, until it pops out in the other side, and go for the kill!

@Credo93 I remember when I was a kid and the first dot matrix Gameboy did't even exit yet! Colecovision and Aquarious(like an Intellivision) were in our home.:-) Anyway!!! 128 GB Sweet. That will nicely resolve the storage issues I'm having on my 16GB 1520. Windows Phone does not play nice with storage- 2GB for the System and 6GB+ for Other Storage. That's what I'm working with. That leaves me a paltry 8 GB. Apps are using the majority of the space, Media is on an 8GB card. Can't wait for the 8.1 update. A nice big memory card and the ability to load apps to the card. That and Cortana are at the top of my favorite features right now!

LOL.. You're thinking 3 decades ago.... My 1998 HP desktop had 40gb of storage, and it was a simple mid/low home computer.. 128gb hard drives were state of the art at the time.. Huge!!!
.................. It had a 300 MHz processor, the same as my first smartphone the Samsung BlackJack... Lol!!

Color me doubtful.  You'd have had to pay LOTS just for the drive back then.  Consumer PCs had just hit the 1 GB mark the year before.  I had a friend who bought a PC in 98 and it had something like a 5 GB drive.

I first pc was a win 95 and had 1 GB with 8 mb memory. We had to move but I kept it and you know it would have start up and run right now. Though I would not have tried going on the internet where the graphics probably would have crash/freezed it. 

Next was an AMD processor when they reached the 2 giga hertz processor which fried the motherboard.

Then a Dell and I had that baby loaded and just on the second day when I press the start button it began to boot, NASA would have been impress of how much smoke it exhausted, all I had to do was wait to get to the desktop and click the Explorer browser and off went the house into orbit. First house to reach orbit. They replaced it with an XPS 600 which I am using right now with Windows 7 and had to replace the hard drive.

You are a giant boob. Between your terrible memory of hard drive capacities and your lame momma jokes, you need to take a moment and think before you type. I can only imagine how dumb you sound when you speak.

You better watch who you're talking to, boy.. That's your first warning! I'm sure it's gonna take a few with you.

That site says in early 90s 40mb HDs were common. Which was true depending where you lived and how much money you had. By the late 90s, I'd say a lot of us were in the 10s of gbs. It progressed pretty fast. I still remember my first 40mb mfm HD. What a piece of junk. But it was a HD nonetheless! Lol

Ah, MFM--those big, heavy things (by today's standard). If I remember correctly, to install those we had to do math to set a multitude of jumpers on the separate controller card. Fun days! Those megabytes stored a lot of stuff...

My first was a slapped together PC using leftover parts from the school computer lab, it ran Windows for Workgroups and I remember surfing the web on 14400 and checking out BB's

Dude, in 93 I had a $3300 gateway PC, top of the line and it had a 600Mb Hard drive. Back that was over kill lol. Then in 98 I had a hard drive go out of my HP PC, and was charged $350 for a 6.4Gb hard drive. That's when I decided to build my own PC's moving forward. How times have changed.

I remember having to take apart the Touch Pro 2 and replacing the 8gb card it was using for memory with a 32gb card

You could do this with the HTC Trophy too, the Verizon version came with 16gb that could be replaced with a 32gb one...

I beilve you have to rub the SD card against the back of the phone until it is absorbed. Works especially well if you have a matte version ;P

Cortana: "SD card successfully assimilated. What would you like to do next?"

  •   -Text Bill Gates: Why is my calendar populated with Lorem Ipsum text?
  •   -Make a payment on my End-Of-Life phone.
  •   -Post, "When will 8.1 be available for download?" to all forums, all threads.

The ativ s has sdxc support, it works with my 64gb sdxc micro SD.. The only phone that cant use it are the ones that dont have a slot...

Indeed it is, that is Nokia's biggests failure; not making microSD support as standard, especially in high end devices like the 1020.

 

There is an unofficial support list gathered by users and sandisk's compatibility tool that mentions that the below phones should work with the sandisk 128gb micro sd. there may be more but they are adding as people mention that it seems fine also there was a confirmation email that said:

Thanks for contacting SanDisk Technical Support. It is our goal to make sure you have all the resources you need to get the most from your product.

Please allow us to inform you that 128GB microSD cards are built to conform to the microSDXC standard and since your phone is currently working with a 64GB microSDXC card we see no reason why the 128GB microSDXC will not work; however we have not tested it so can't guarantee one way or the other.

We remain at your service for any additional information or assistance.

Best regards,

Antonia C.
SanDisk Technical Support

  • HTC 8XT
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
  • Nokia Lumia 520/521
  • Nokia Lumia 525
  • Nokia Lumia 620
  • Nokia Lumia 625
  • Nokia Lumia 720
  • Nokia Lumia 810
  • Nokia Lumia 820
  • Nokia Lumia 822
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
  • Samsung ATIV Odyssey
  • Samsung ATIV S Neo

its seems that the above should work, wish i had the spare cash to test my lumia 820

This is awesome/amazing news !!! Now hurry op Nokia, make the successor of the 1020 and make sure it'll support this tiny, yet bigggg storage card :)

Nokia will not produce a successor to the 1020. IF that phone happens, it will have to be Microsoft produced already and, therefore, it won't be a successor to anything (unless a miracle puts an end to the Nokia/MS deal).

The 1020 is a niche device and the current 1020 isn't even 1 year old. Niche devices don't get replaced that quickly.

I know it sucks, I would also like a microSD card on the 1020 but alas, it will never happen. Not from Nokia. At least, until 2016 (hope springs eternal).

Maybe "they" can still produce a 1020 successor. Naturally the companies new name, owner will be Mictosoft, however, the same Nokia employees, designers, researchers and the like will still be working out of the same plants/ facilities in which they designed and produced the 1020. So maybe, no the entity that is now Nokia wont be releasing a successor to the 1020, but the people and the factories that produced them concecievably, under the new Microsofts name and leadership may release one.

Since Nokia is NOT disappearing nor being swallowed by Microsoft, it will be up to Microsoft to decide if they want or not to produce a phone with a 41mp sensor. Which is why I wrote that "IF that phone happens, it will have to be Microsoft produced".
Iit It will be produced by some of Nokia's ex-employees, sure, but they should then be seen as Microsoft employees and will work the Microsoft-way as well as follow Microsoft's orders. There are people working for Apple, Samsung etc that are also ex-Nokia employees. It doesn't make Apple "Nokia". Just like it won't make Microsoft phones "Nokia". People are irrelevant. It's the brands corporate spirit that makes phones different because different phylosophies make people produce different results.
Therefore, it's not a successor of the 1020. It's just a 41mp phone that happens to be made by some people who made the 1020. It makes it as much of a successor as a Motorola or iPhone with 41mp since both Motorola and iPhones are produced by Foxconn. ;)

It would make more sense for Microsoft to get the procured Nokia team to work on slimming down their module so it could be utilised in all high end Windows Phones though. Makes smarter business sense to utilise something no one else has.

Not from Nokia co., but from former Nokia, at that point already Microsoft, talented and innovative engineers.
The same lads and lassies as before. / Just give people some comfort...
I can assure you that we Finns don\t change that easily. We don\t suddenly become all Americans!

I've read it worked with galaxy that can handle SDXC My understanding was anything that was SDXC should be able to be handled.

Yes! This is not unexpected by any means. Sdxc supports up to 2 TB, it will only take time to get there on these micro cards.

Isn't it a wonder that something that literally is smaller than a fingernail now retains so much digital storage space? Think about that! 128gb in something that small.

I'm getting too old for technology, and I'm only 23.

I'd love to have that in my 1520, I fortunately don't need that much storage. I think a 32gb card is enough for me.

This is great news I'm due for upgrade.now so I may go ahead and jump in. I was thinking hard about ordering the 32 GB at 199.99. Adding a 128 GB for 119.99 may be better to go with the 16gb version. Hmmm decisions

Yep, this with 20MP camera and xenon flash would be awesome. The Icon is nearly there, minus the SD card slot and the flash. My 925 will hold me over for now, but eventually a device like this would be ideal.

Wow this is great! I don't have a 1520, but nice to know that they can support a 128gb card!

NoRomBasic gets double points for testing playback with an episode of Firefly! :D

It might "work", but there may be issues.  I had a Lumia 822 that "worked" with a 64GB microSD card.  However, I had issues when trying to record video directly to the card.  The video would be jumpy.  I found out recently that the 822 was only really designed to take a 32GB card.  I never had any problem viewing movies and listening to music stored on the card, just recording video.  Hopefully that is not an issue with the 1520 using a 128GB card, but something to keep in mind.

Sandisk Ultra. Another WPC member posted it. It could have been just a theory, but he stated that he had the same issue with a 64GB card. I think he was in contact with Nokia. Anyway, he said that he didn't have the issue with a 32GB. I never had a chance to test the theory, as my 822 died on me. I am "stuck" with a 928 now, sans a microSD slot.

I bought a SanDisk 128gb micro SD card for Amazon UK about 2 months ago for about £44 Doesn't work Drag about 64gig of photos in various folders into the card and it shows about 20gig of photos The rest of the folders are empty Same with music So either I bought a faulty card or laptops/phones/tablets can't use the full 128gb until a firmware update Any ideas?

There are fakes on the market that show they have a high capacity, but in reality, they're cheaper, smaller capacity cards. Get a refund asap...

So that all my Xbox music pass downloads get doubled and unusable? Pass, thanks. I love SD cards but windows phone handles them so weird I'll just wait till 8.1 when Xbox music isn't a mess.

I wouldn't be surprised that the "microSD up to 64GB storage" descriptions were just written that way because there were no microSD cards over 64GB.

I don't think, technically, there's anything that needs to be changed to make a phone that supports a 64GB card support a 128GB one. And by phone I could also say tablet.

I hope to get the money someday to buy this thing and a Lumia 1520 and then...then I can get rid of my Zune 80 with his puny battery life... muahahahahahahahah!

Ditto... Itching for the day I can finally stop using my Zune 80. Its getting close to max capacity and have a 920... So SD support is going to be a huge factor for the day I upgrade smartphones. Kind of sad though because otherwise, I think the 920 easily can go another year or 2 before becoming totally outdated, especially with WP8.1 around the corner.

If it's a 128GB SD card, why does the Free and Used space only add up to 119.08GB?  What happened to the other 8.92GB?

PC's read 1gb=1024mb, 1mb=1024kb, 1kb=1024bytes
Manufacturers calculate 1gb=1000mb, 1mb=1000kb, 1kb=1000bytes

Now, you do the math and you'll get 128.xxxxgb

Wow...storage is getting cheaper by day. Can't believe Apple still charging $100 for every 16gb...that is insane.

I would like to ask if this has any performance Issues on the Actual OS as this was one of the believed reasons Microsoft told us that they are not making phones with that big storage.

i have a sandisk microsd 64gb extreme plus 80mb read and 50 write speed for my asus t100 :) really fast if 128gb will come in extreme plus version maby i buy that one maby

I just placed the order on amazon.com to have it imported to India with Amazon Global Priority Shipping. I then received an email stating, expected delivery date: Apr 17, 14 - Apr 29, 14. I immediately cancelled it. Who the hell is gonna pay upfront and wait more than a month for product delivery??? Ridiculous...

Nokia! I'm fine with you failing to include an SD card slot on most of your phones, but if you're going to do this, please don't cripple the phone with 16GB of memory. Phones should come with at least 64GB standard if there will be no expansion. As it is, I have less than 5GB free after OS and apps (and I really don't have an absurd amount) for pictures, movies, music, and files.

 

How easy would it be to simply hard-wire one of these cards directly to the main board inside the phone? I really hope this is the direction things go with Microsoft, or simply offer the SDXC card slots as standard. As the mid-to-upper end phones offer cameras with 20mp and higher, there's just no way around needing more storage.

Nope. 925, it's a near-flagship phone and the best Windows Phone T-Mobile offers. There is a 32GB variant, but not sold here. Buying a phone for over $500, it should come with more than 16GB storage...Heck, if you can buy a 128GB SDXC card for just over $100, 64GB for under $40, and 32GB for $25, there is no excuse for the lack of capacity. I would have gladly paid $40 more for my phone to have an additional 64GB.

Now Microsoft just needs to fix the duplicate music problem, when syncing music with media player, its very annoying to have one song copied 3 times over taking up space. I look toward to using this marvelous sd card in my 1520

Wow that makes me happy being that I recently got my 1520 from ATT @ $99 without contract, now do the wireless mod for QI and I am in the house!!!  (asid I wish I had know this before I just purchased the 64GB card)

 

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