Today, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, SanDisk has announced a new line of flash drives for USB-C devices. With Apple and Google both introducing this new connector over the last year, it’s no surprise that SanDisk has made this move. More below.
SanDisk’s latest flash drive uses USB-C connectivity to deliver speeds up to 150MB/s. It is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. According the press release, the larger model is SanDisk’s “fastest and highest capacity” USB-C offering to date. It also has a reversible design with a retractable connector.
Today’s announcement is the latest in a string of USB-C compatible products that have been released in Q1. The versatile medium is attractive for consumers and manufacturers alike as more devices begin to support this standard. Dinesh Bahal, Vice President of Product Marketing, explains further:
“We expect to see many new USB Type-C supported devices released in 2016. As more consumers purchase ultra-mobile PCs, smartphones and tablets that feature this new, more advanced USB standard, it is critical to offer a complete ecosystem of compatible products. New offerings, like our SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive, will give consumers the capabilities they’ve come to expect from traditional Type A ports, but with the added benefit of better performance.”
SanDisk’s new USB-C offerings are available today from Amazon at the following price points:
Additionally, SanDisk announced a handful of new microSD cards with the “world’s fastest transfer speeds.” Available in 64 and 128GB capacities, these cards are capable of transfer speeds of up to 275MB/s.
“Action cameras are now the fastest-growing segment in digital imaging and drones are becoming increasingly popular, creating an opportunity for people to capture more high-capacity, high-quality 4K Ultra HD content,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “We designed this card specifically to address consumers’ needs for a faster solution when transferring massive files – and now, with nearly 3x the speed of our fastest microSD UHS-I card, this new offering dramatically reduces time spent transferring content.”
SanDisk is set to release this new microSD cards at Q2. The 64GB model will retail for $179.99 and the 128GB at $299.99.
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MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, Feb. 22, 2016 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today introduced the SanDisk Ultra® USB Type-C™ Flash Drive designed specifically for next-generation devices. The sleek, new drive features a versatile and powerful USB Type-C connector for quick file transfer between USB Type-C enabled mobile devices, laptops, tablets and future devices1.
“We expect to see many new USB Type-C supported devices released in 2016,” Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “As more consumers purchase ultra-mobile PCs, smartphones and tablets that feature this new, more advanced USB standard, it is critical to offer a complete ecosystem of compatible products. New offerings, like our SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive, will give consumers the capabilities they’ve come to expect from traditional Type A ports, but with the added benefit of better performance.”
The new SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive is available in up to 128GB* and delivers USB 3.1 performance of up to 150MB/s2, making it SanDisk’s fastest and highest capacity USB Type-C offering. The USB drive features a slim, retractable design to protect the reversible connector and is compatible with the SanDisk Memory Zone app for Android™. The app, which is available for free through the Google Play™ Store, auto-launches upon insertion of the drive into a compatible device, allowing immediate access to the user’s content and easy file management3.
“USB Type-C connectors could be a game-changer, as they offer significant benefits to consumers, such as a slim design and reversible plug orientation,” said IDC research VP Shane Rau. “We’ve already seen a considerable increase over the past year when the connector began showing up on new products from major devices manufacturers. As demand increases, we expect more and more solutions to hit the market, such as the SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive.”
The SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive is the company’s first dedicated USB for Type-C ready devices. The new drive complements the company’s suite of USB Type-C flash memory solutions which range from dual USB drives to portable SSDs.
Pricing and Availability
The SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive features a five-year warranty4, and is now available worldwide at Amazon, and other leading retailers. The new offering comes in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB with U.S. MSRPs of $19.99, $29.99, $49.99 and $79.99, respectively.
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