November 26 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets Year: 2009 Rating: 5 Hot
Toshiba recently announced that they would start producing a 16-Gigabyte MicroSDHC in January of next year. "Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), a leading innovator in memory card technologies and solutions, and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), its subsidiary in the Americas, today reinforced their memory card line-up with the launch of a 16GB microSDHC card offering the largest capacity available in the market." Although the smaller chip only transfers at 6Mps instead of the faster 20Mps, the fact that 16 Gigabytes can be crammed into such a small area could mean huge changes in the computer/smartphone environment.
The bridge between phone and computer has been constantly blurring with the increase of mobile internet use among smartphone users. The ability to link the phone and the computer so far has been relegated to files and applications both share. The increased space on the phone could be used for more files, but it could also be used as a back-up for your computer.
Think of it as a mobile hard-drive — able to sync with your computer and possibly other computers around you. Laptops could be done away with, replaced by empty computers that load your home computer onto them when connected with your phone. This is increasingly possible as applications, not operating systems, become the norm. It won't matter if you run Windows, Apple or Linux, just what programs you have installed.
The real question is whether or not 16-gigabytes is enough for this or if we'll have to wait another year for a 32-Gigabyte card.