Flash drives used to supply sufficient house to hold round just a few paperwork or a little bit of music, however now you’ll be able to hold much more on a tiny USB stick. In truth, SanDisk is exhibiting off a prototype flash drive at CES 2018 that would retailer a huge media library with out breaking a sweat. The brand new USB Sort-C stick features a whopping 1TB of storage.
Taking a look at this system, it appears unassuming. The form and measurement are the identical as different flash drives the corporate makes (all the simpler to lose). Nevertheless, it incorporates extra storage than any commercially accessible flash drive. A terabyte of storage is greater than you get with plenty of laptops, and this drive needs to be extraordinarily quick when and if it ever comes out.
The as-yet-unnamed drive has a USB Sort-C port, which a number of the hottest laptops now depend on as an alternative of older USB-A ports. Many Android telephones have additionally moved to the Sort-C commonplace, making this drive an ideal strategy to entry a ton of information on the go. SanDisk additionally introduced a small “Extremely Match” USB flash drive that may be a higher match for telephones because it barely stands proud of the port. Nevertheless, that drive tops out at 256GB. That’s spectacular, but it surely’s not one-terabyte spectacular.
The Sort-C plug on this drive is reversible, and it helps the most recent USB three.1 specification for a theoretical throughput of 10Gbps. The storage inside this drive received’t be that quick, however at the least the USB connection received’t be a bottleneck.
Since this isn’t but a shopper product, SanDisk has opted to maintain potential pricing beneath wraps. We are able to at the least work out a ballpark from its different new merchandise. For instance, SanDisk additionally introduced new variations of its Excessive Transportable SSD units (see above), which have a most capability of 1TB as properly. Nevertheless, these will not be meant to suit into the identical tiny kind issue because the prototype flash drive. The 1TB model of that system prices $400. With the added problem of cramming NAND chips into the tiny flash drive, we are able to safely assume it is going to be much more costly than that.
With out official launch particulars, you may nonetheless have time to avoid wasting up for the (in all probability exorbitant) price of SanDisk’s first 1TB flash drive. It would look a bit totally different than this, however put together your self for sticker shock in any occasion.