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Don’t get too excited about the G3’s 2TB microSD card support

Published May 26th, 2014 5:15PM EDT
LG G3 2TB microSD Card Support

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The LG G3 will be one of the best Android handsets around when LG finally launches it on Tuesday. It will offer buyers several interesting features including an already confirmed high-resolution 2K display, metal or metal-like design, optical image stabilization in the camera, removable battery and support for microSD cards (both features unavailable to G2 owners) and a brand new protective case with smart functions. However, the wildest feature yet on the G3 appears to be support for up to 2TB of storage via microSD cards, which appears to be a first for smartphones, at least according to LG’s U.K. site, which mentioned the specs of the unreleased handset.

Comparatively, the HTC One (M8) and Galaxy S5 offer support for microSD cards of up to 128GB of storage, although that’s only because the most storage current microSD cards can offer. In theory, microSD cards could offer up to a maximum of 2TB of storage, which means many Android devices including these two G3 rivals could support 2TB cards.

However, nobody is mass-producing such cards yet. In fact, at this time you won’t be able to buy microSD cards with more than 128GB of storage, which is why manufacturers list “up to 128GB” microSD support on their specs pages.

LG U.K. is likely not wrong saying that the G3 would support 2TB cards, but it may be a while until such storage solutions will be available to consumers. Instead, G3 buyers will have to make do with 128GB microSD cards that are already available for purchase, unless LG actually plans to release its own 2TB microSD cards.

Meanwhile, the G3 will be unveiled during a special media event taking place on Tuesday in various cities around the world, and it’s likely to launch in many markets in the following weeks.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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