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1TB Flash Drive From Kingston Is The World’s First

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I was just researching external hard drives the other day when I noticed their capacities are now up at around 6TB for the extreme ones. That’s a lot of data that can be stored before you need to get a new one. My thoughts started lingering (as they usually do), and I quickly found myself wondering what capacities flash drives have progressed to. I remember writing an article three years ago about the world’s largest flash drive. It had a capacity of a whopping 256GB. Yeah, it might not seem like much today, but that was the absolute top-notch flash drive in its day. Yesterday Kingston announced during the ongoing CES 2013 that their new 1TB flash drive will soon be available, and that it is the world’s first.

The way things are progressing suggests we will no longer have any use for external drives in the future. A 1TB flash drive should be well enough for anyone really. A few of these, and you would be all set. This 1TB flash drive is yet to have a price. However judging from its little brother, which has a capacity of 512GB, the price will be steep. The smaller version, the 512GB one, is priced at $1,750. That may be a little much for a flash drive, right? Well, the 1TB flash drive (as well as the 512GB flash drive) is capable of read/write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s respectively.

I suppose we could guess that this drive will be priced at around $3,000 and upwards. Maybe that external 6TB drive isn’t such a bad bet after all, at least until the price of these ridiculously cool 1TB flash drives drops just a tad. One thing is for sure, the future looks like it will become a competition between flash drives and external drives, each with their own distinct advantages. It’s quite easy to see Kingston announcing a 2TB flash drive in the near future since the progression of these flash drives has more than tripled in capacity the last few years. Still, a 1TB flash drive doesn’t sound to shabby, right?



Kingston’s Groundbreaking 1TB Flash Drive

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

3 Comments

Hal (GT)

January 8th, 2013

Definitely cool tech that I would find very useful. But the cost right now of a USB thumb drive that large is way out of my budget. Maybe if you’re a spy of something. I think I’d have to have the thing chained to my pants as well, I’d be in fear of losing the thing.

Of course if I did that it would likely end up in the wash. Not a good thought. I hope it’s water proof.

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alex alaska p

January 10th, 2013

1 Tera priced around $3k? wow, for that price i hope it can make me dinner when i come home from work ;]

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animebaka

June 12th, 2013

u can apparently find 2tb kingston flashdrives in china for 180 rmb (~$30), but……. >china

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