One of the more interesting products to come out of CES this week was a prototype USB Type-C flash drive from SanDisk, sporting a massive 1TB storage capacity.
The 256GB version will have write speeds of around 40 MBps and read speeds of up to 130 MBps.
Of course, the main downside of a USB stick, whether it's got a conventional USB connector or USB-C, is that data will transfer more slowly than it would if you're using a larger external drive. The new capacity point will have a MSRP of $150, though we expect street prices to be much lower (considering the suggested MSRPs and pricing on Amazon for the lower-capacity versions). We are reaching out to figure out the native USB controller capable of handling that much amount of flash memory.
As for the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, it's meant to give users fast storage for high resolution photos and videos. Proving that to be the case, WD unveiled a couple of SSD products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including the My Passport Wireless SSD under its own branding, and the Extreme Portable SSD under its SanDisk label, which it purchased in 2015 for $19 billion. It is likely that a M.2 SATA SSD is being used inside the new version. They're also compact and IP55 rated for water and dust resistance, are shock resistant (up to 1500G) and vibration resistant, and can withstand temperatures from 32F (0C) to 113F (45C).
The new Extreme Portable SSD comes with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 bridge, enabling read speeds of up to 550 MBps. The bundled Type-C cable also comes with a Type-A adapter, similar to what we saw in the WD My Passport SSD. It comes in multiple storage sizes: 250GB, 500GB or 1TB with prices starting from US$ 100 (RM 400).
No word yet on pricing or availability; however, if you like the look of the Ultra Fit, SanDisk is now selling Ultra Fit USB 3.0 flash drives up with up to 128GB in storage on Amazon. New this year is app support for Filmic Pro and LumaFusion, which lets photographers edit raw photos directly from the drive with no PC required via an 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection. A DLNA server is also integrated.
USB-C offers faster transfer rates than USB 3.0, too, so transferring huge chunks of files will be quicker compared to a regular flash drive. It still features a SD-card slot, WiFi connectivity and a built-in battery that can now last up to 15 hours on a single charge. The four capacity points - 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB - are priced at $249, $299, $449, and $799 $230, $300, $500, and $800 respectively.