Most of us are familiar with wholesale Micro SD Cards. It has been popular since the era of non-smart phones. At that time, it was the most important storage tool for mobile phones; there was no replacement for it. However, some smartphones began to have built-in storage directly like Apple a few years ago, and the external storage of Micro SD card was canceled. Then many smartphones have imitated, and now there are few smartphones that support Micro SD card.
Let’s firstly learn how it develops.
Micro SD Card, formerly known as Trans-flash Card (TF card), its functions are mainly divided into three parts, there are writing, storing, and reading data. We store songs, movies, e-books, game software and other data information in our mobile phones.
It was invented by SanDisk and was announced on March 14, 2005, at US Mobile Communications and Wireless Network Annual Conference in 2005, the capacity at that time was only 32MB, 64MB and 128MB, which are incredibly small, even the WeChat can’t be installed.
Prior to this, there were various memory cards of different specifications for the mobile phone. For example, MMC, SD, miniSD, etc., there are more than 6 kinds, but their same problems are too large in volume and too small in capacity. At that moment, the mobile phone manufacturers were very distressed, because the size of the mobile phone was limited, if they used one oversized Micro SD card in the mobile phone, this will inevitably affect the overall design of the mobile phone, but also prevented the development of thin and light mobile phones.
If there is a problem, there will be someone who solves the problem. At this time, there is one mobile phone manufacturer who has come up with a solution. If we don’t introduce it, no one can guess who it is. One clue is that it was an international Mobile phone manufacturer, but now one Chinese mobile phone manufacturer acquires it, that is the Motorola.
Motorola jointly launched with SanDisk to develop the first Micro SD card. This card is really much smaller than the previous huge memory cards, and the volume (11mm × 15mm × 1mm) it is the size of the fingernail of your thumb, and the thickness of 1 mm is really thin, and the world’s first phone supporting Micro SD card is also Motorola. Since then, the other manufacturers have followed the trend.
Nowadays, it has been 14 years since the launch of the Micro SD card; the bulk Micro SD card has developed maturely. From SD Card 128MB to 512GB, the capacity has grown more than 1000 times.
The future for Bulk Micro SD Card
Today’s smartphones have greatly reduced their reliance on Micro SD cards. Only a few new phones that support Micro SD cards, mainly for the stability and security of mobile phones. In addition, without leaving the space for Micro SD card, the phone can be thinner; also the influence of the inferior card can be eliminated, and the system is more stable. However, as one old saying goes, there is no people here, there are people there. Although the Micro SD card is gradually abandoned by smartphones, the Micro SD card is still available for the other products.
Although the Micro SD card has lost a large market for smartphones, the Micro SD card is not extinct. The bulk Micro SD card is also used in GPS devices, dash cam, GoPro, drone, raspberry pi, and Game devices etc., which is because of the increasing variety of devices; new demands are constantly being generated. The MICRO SD card is small and portable, and the small devices that require external storage will still choose it. In addition, the Micro SD card can also be inserted into an adapter to be converted into an SD card, and the SD card is generally used in larger electronic devices such as computers, cameras, AV, and so one.
Based on these applications, the Micro SD card is still useful, and we do not rule out that the Micro SD card will create a new sales peak once again. In terms of price, the price of the current Micro SD card has fallen to the bottom. You can buy one bulk Micro SD 8G for $3 online, and you can buy 32G less than $5. This low-cost memory is used to store data; it is very worthy of keeping it.
Although the Micro SD card is currently not the most ideal external storage, it is the most cost-effective for consumers. In order to push consumers to accept memory storage solutions, it may be necessary for OEM manufacturer to develop inexpensive built-in storage solutions to make changes. And many manufacturers still support Micro SD card, it seems that it is difficult to see the Micro SD card getting vanished from the storage market.