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Kingston Starts Shipping 16GB Class 10 MicroSDHC Card

Kingston-16gb-microsdhc Another little bit of good news from MWC comes from Kingston. They have just upped the max speed on their MicroSDHC cards to Class 10 which translates into a minimum transfer rate of 10MB/s. That is pretty impressive since most MicroSDHC cards out in the market now are class 2/4 or class 6 on the high end.

Right now it looks like the cards are selling for about $100 on Amazon but hopefully they will keep on going down. If you are like me and enjoy watching TV shows and movies on your BlackBerry you will definitely appreciate the bump in transfer speeds.

If you are wondering what the class numbers mean check out this chart below from Wikipedia:

Rating Write Speed (MByte/s) SD Class
  13x  2.0  2
  26x  4.0  4
32x 4.8 5
 40x  6.0  6
66x 10.0 10

Kingston Digital Ships Speedy Class 10 MicroSDHC Card

Large Capacity, Fast Performance a Perfect Match for Memory-Hungry Devices

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 15/PRNewswire/ —Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of a 16GB microSDHC Class 10 card. The high-capacity card complies with the SD™ Association Specification 3.00 to meet Class 10 requirements. The 16GB microSDHC card has a minimum data transfer rate of 10MB/sec. and ships either as a stand-alone microSDHC card or with adapters.

"With the new speed class, host devices such as high-definition cameras or the latest smartphones are being designed to optimize their write performance to take advantage of the more responsive memory card speeds," said Wendy Lecot, Flash card business manager, Kingston®. "Now that the Class 10 card specification is five times faster than a Class 2 card, users will see swifter copying and transferring of photos, music, videos and e-books when using a multi-format card reader such as the Kingston Media Reader or MobileLiteG2 with a PC.

Kingston takes mobility and versatility a step further with the addition of the SD adapter pack (Kingston part #: SDC10/16GB), and the SD and miniSD adapter pack (Kingston part #: SDC10/16GB-2ADP). Inserting the card into the SD adapter turns it into a large-storage, speedy SDHC card that can be used to capture continuous images or videos in digital cameras. Kingston also includes an adapter for other devices that utilize the miniSD form factor. Either adapter pack allows users to store all data on one card across multiple Class 10 device platforms.

The 16GB microSDHC Class 10 card is backed by a lifetime warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information visit www.kingston.com.

Kingston 16GB microSDHC Class 10 Features and Specifications:

  • Compliant: with the SD Specification Version 3.00
  • Versatile: when combined with an adapter, can be used as a full-size SDHC card with write protection or as a miniSDHC card to transfer data
  • Compatible: with microSDHC, miniSDHC and SDHC host devices; not compatible with standard microSD-enabled device/readers
  • File Format: FAT32
  • Reliable: lifetime warranty
  • Capacities*: 16GB
  • Dimensions: 0.43" x 0.59" x 0.039" (11mm x 15mm x 1mm)
  • High-Speed Class Rating: Class 10 – 10MB/sec. minimum data transfer rate
  • Operating Temperature: -13 degrees F to 185 degrees F (-25 degrees C to 85 degrees C)
  • Storage Temperature: -40 degrees F to 185 degrees F (-40 degrees C to 85 degrees C)
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  1. Note you must have OS 4.5.0.81 on your BB or higher for a 16GB card to be supported. Older OS version only support 8GB or sometimes less.

    I’m not sure what “class” speeds the various BB models are able to support or if “class” even matters to a BB.

  2. Pretty nice, not that huge of a jump from class 6, but it’s nice that prices will all go down.

  3. I would like to know if the bold (either 9000 or 9700) would be able to utilize this to it’s max speed. I have a Class4 8GB unit now and it is not a slouch but faster reads are always welcome!

    • I have the card for my 9700, works great. In conjunction with the latest OS update on my phone, the card is very fast. Thumbnails, pictures, videos and the transfer of music/pictures…all works beautifully.

      Can one truly take advantage of the speed through a blackberry, probably not, but since I cross use my cards with my new digital camera and transfer stuff around, the speed does help.

      If money is no object, the class 10 is awesome…for the best value versus speed, I would think a lower class may give the better bang for the buck, however, if you will use the card on the camera or copy stuff a lot to the card…the speed bump should help…

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