Over the past few years, storage on a gadget has become a negligible aspect for buyers. Pick a random smartphone or a laptop on any price category and there will be at least 16GB of free storage on it. With this in mind, the relevance of thumb drives has minimised in practicality. But Western Digital is finding a solution to make pen drives relevant again. It has launched 1TB pen drive in India that can be used on laptops and smartphones with a USB-C port. The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe comes with a maximum storage capacity of 1TB, which is enough to store about 13 full-length 4K UHD movies and millions of MP3 songs, although they both sound dated in the era of online streaming. If you are one of those people who like collectables, a 1TB pen drive will do the job. There are other storage variants available for the model – 32GB*, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Moreover, it is compatible with all the Android smartphones and laptops, including the latest MacBook and iMac models with USB-C port. The pen drive uses the USB 3.1 Gen 1 technology for data transfer.
Western Digital has said its latest USB-C pen drive can deliver a read speed of up to 150MBps, which is pretty high considering most hard drives (7200 RPM) offer a maximum speed of 160MBps. It is a metal body pen drive, which is said to provide protection to the connectors. There is also a Memory Zone app preloaded on the pen drive that helps with content management on the target device. This app will allow transfers from microSD card or phone’s storage to the pen drive. “More than 40% of the smartphones today have a USB Type-C interface that enables faster transfer of data. So, we are adding a new USB Type-C mobile Pen drive to our SanDisk Ultra® Dual Drive portfolio,” said Jaganathan Chelliah, director of marketing at Western Digital in a press statement.
The Western Digital SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe costs Rs 13,529 for the 1TB version while the 32GB version is priced Rs 849. The pre-orders for all the storage models are now open and customers pre-ordering the 1TB version can avail a discount coupon of Rs 650 on Amazon. All the storage models will be available to buy on Amazon starting July 4. Availability on other e-commerce platforms and offline stores to follow.