SanDisk releases new USB flash drives and microSDHC card

SanDisk releases new USB flash drives and microSDHC card

Storage vendor takes advantage of new USB 3.0 specification for flash drives

SanDisk has jumped onto the USB 3.0 bandwagon with its new range of USB drives.

The incorporation of the relatively new USB 3.0 specification means that the flash drives are able to transfer files at up to 190MB/s, which is roughly ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives.

SanDisk A/NZ country manager, George Saad, said the new line of flash drives will appeal to consumers that want fast transfer speeds, high storage capacity or a “stylish fashion statement".

“We have pioneered the USB drive and we now offers one of the broadest lineups in the industry, with a wide range of form factors and reliability that consumers can count on to store their important files,” Saad said.

The SanDisk Extreme USB flash drive will be available in 16GB to 64GB capacities from $35 to $100, while the Cruzer Glide USB flash drive will be sold in 4GB to 128GB capacities from $6.75 to $119.50.

The stainless-steel encased Cruzer Facet USB flash drive will be made available in 4GB to 32GB capacities from $6.75 to $30.50, while the thin Cruzer Pop will be marketed in 4GB to 32GB capacities from $6.50 to $29.50.

SanDisk’s highest-capacity USB flash drive, the Cruzer Glide, will max out at 128GB of storage.

In the mobile device space, SanDisk has released the Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I card.

The card is aimed at smartphone and tablet users with microSDHC-slotted devices who want to increase the storage capacity of their device.

SanDisk says that the microSDHC UHS-I card is capable of 95MB/sec read and up to 90MB/sec write speeds, which it has dubbed the “world’s fastest memory card for smartphones and tablets.”

According to the vendor, the new line-up of USB flash drives and microSDHC UHS-I card will be available in the third quarter of this year.

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