CES 2018: Western Digital Announces Two Rugged Portable SSDs

SanDisk's newest flash drive is the smallest to feature 1TB of storage

SD cards, microSD cards, USB sticks, you name it. CES 2018 is no different, with SanDisk showing off a regular-sized USB stick with a whopping 1TB of storage squeezed inside.

At today's Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES 2018), Western Digital unveiled new and breakthrough consumer solutions that address today's personal content explosion, including voice-activated media streaming via popular Smart Home devices, the world's smallest 1TB USB flash drive and a portfolio of ultra-mobile, high-performance, wireless and high-capacity flash storage products. SanDisk was acquired by hard drive manufacturer Western Digital in a US$19 billion deal back in 2016. This could also be the reason why the company has not bothered to confirm if the drive satisfies the Type-C USB Gen. 1 or Gen. 2 standard.

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However, as a prototype demonstration, there's no word yet on a release date or pricing information for the new drive. SanDisk has claimed that this flash drive is the most powerful USB type-C flash drive until now. The wireless (802.11ac/n) aspect means you can edit, delete, and manage files from any mobile device, through something like a mobile app, or integrate directly with other apps that can access wireless storage devices for live editing in the field. The company also launched two new portable SSD.

Those familiar with tech may think that 1 TB on a flash drive is no big deal as computer company Kingston already introduced a flash drive capable of storing 2 TB. It can be connected to a PC / charged through a USB 3.0 Type-A port (read/write speeds are around 450/400 MBps, and the included charging adapter is a 12W one). It is also available in 4 Variants i.e. 256 GB, 500 GB, 1TB, 2TB. The entire range has now been updated with support for voice commands. Chromecast support has also been added to the My Cloud app.

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