The size of the storage devices has been rapidly shrinking in the recent past. MicroSD cards are being offered in larger capacity without any change in size and the same holds good for any other storage peripheral. SanDisk has however upped the ante with what it claims to be the “World’s Smallest 1TB flash drive.” Yes, Sandisk has managed to squeeze in a TB of memory in a tiny flash drive and has showcased the 1TB USB-C flash drive at the ongoing CES 2018 event.
One might argue that Kingston already has a 2TB thumb drive and question the exclusivity of the SanDisk 1TB thumb drive. A closer look at the picture above will tell you how small the new SanDisk 1TB thumb drive is. Plus the SanDisk is a USB-C device which directly translates to faster speeds and direct compatibility with smartphones that come with USB Type-C port. I personally opine that the SanDisk 1TB is a better alternative to the bulkier and bigger 2TB by Kingston.
That being said, this is just a working prototype and thus SanDisk has not detailed the specification in its press release. The company is yet to announce the launch timeline and the pricing details as well. Just to draw an inference, the Kingston 2TB stick is currently priced at $1400 on Amazon and this includes the $240 discount on the sticker price. In the meanwhile, the 1TB flash drive by Kingston is priced at $900 on Amazon. In all likelihood, SanDisk is expected to price the new flash drive in between $800-$1200.
Let’s hope that the thumb drive evolves from prototype into the final product without any delays. As of now, my only concern is that the new SanDisk flash drive will fit into the “small things you could lose” category, but again that’s reasonable considering the compact size.