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CES 2018: WD launches wireless SSD, ‘world’s smallest’ 256GB flash drive

The flash drive is apparently so small that you can barely notice it when plugged in.

  • Updated: January 10, 2018 1:31 PM IST
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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, Western Digital released three new storage products, which include a wireless SSD, a compact rugged SSD, and a high-capacity USB drive.

To begin with, the company launched the SanDisk Ultra Fit flash drive, which Western Digital claims is the world’s smallest 256GB USB flash drive. The Ultra Fit has read speeds up to 130MB/s and works with both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. It comes in various prices and capacities, ranging from $22 (Rs 1,400 approximately) for the 16GB model, to $150 (Rs 9,600 approximately) for the 256GB model. According to Digital Trends, there was also a 1TB prototype model of the Ultra Fit seen at CES, however, there’s no information on when or if it will see the light of day.

The company also unveiled the WD My Passport Wireless SSD, which ups the ante with an integrated SD card slot. Capable of read speeds up to 65MB/s, the device features a one-touch copy button for easy off-loading of photos and videos from cameras. It also supports 802.11ac WiFi. The SSD allows you to access, edit, and save photos and video directly from the My Passport without the need for a cable.

The company says that the SSD has a 10-hour battery life when used continuously. The 6,700mAh battery of the SSD also doubles as a power bank, with its integrated USB 3.0 port.

The My Passport Wireless SSD ranges from $230 (Rs 15,000 approximately) for the 250GB model to $800 (Rs 51,000 approximately) for the 2TB model.

Finally, WD also launched the USB-C SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD. This pocket-sized SSD features read speeds up to 550MB/s and capacities ranging from 250GB to 2TB. The device has an IP55 rating, which means it is water and dust resistant. Prices start at $100 (Rs 6,300 approximately) for the 250GB version and top out at $700 (Rs 45,000 approximately) for the 2TB version.

  • Published Date: January 10, 2018 1:28 PM IST
  • Updated Date: January 10, 2018 1:31 PM IST