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Kingston Announce a Staggering 1TB Flash Drive

A small stick with a hefty byte. Prepare your wallet.

With file sizes forever getting larger and technology forever getting smaller, it is no surprise that we would eventually see a stupidly high capacity flash drive and with the latest press release, Kingston has done just that. A massive 1TB on one tiny flash drive but is it practical or more a tech demo and a show of might?

In a press release on the 7th of January, the world leading memory manufacturer, Kingston, announced their fastest and highest capacity Flash drive ever. The DataTraveler HyperX Preditor 3.0 (quite a mouthful) boasts transfer speeds of up to a phenomenal 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write over USB 3.0. It will come in a range of capacities with the top two units holding a massive a 512GB version, which are available to ship now, and a 1TB version which will be available in Q1 2013.

The press release read:

"Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive," said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. "The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag."

DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 is compliant with next-generation USB 3.0 specifications and is optimized for newer PCs with USB 3.0 ports. Users who work with large video or graphics files, or gamers who like to travel with their entire library will appreciate the drive's speed and capacity. The casing is made of zinc alloy metal for superior quality, shock resistance and high-end design. DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 ships with a custom Kingston key ring and a HyperX valet keychain. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for efficient data transfer rates.

But hold on, hold on. Don’t go running for your credit cards just yet. The 512GB capacity version costs a phenomenal $1,337 (£832 approx.) on Kingston’s website. Although we have it listed for less. But it is anyone’s guess how much the 1TB unit will cost. It seems that this product is reserved for the elites and is more a show of power in the ever competitive storage market, but I can see the appeal as a portable backup solution. I just can’t wait till we start seeing chips of this density in the SSD market.