World’s highest capacity flash drive coming in Feb
Kingston has announced a successor to its 1 TB-packing flash drive released in 2013, with double the storage capacity this time. At 2 TB, the DataTraveler Ultimate GT is the world’s largest-capacity flash drive which will hit market in February.
The DataTraveler Ultimate GT comes in either 1 or 2 TB of storage. With these figures in mind, there’s a disturbingly high chance that this smaller-than-your-palm boxy plaything can pack more storage space than the embedded hard drive in your run-of-the-mill laptop.
“With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor,” said Jean Wong, Kingston’s Flash Business Manager. The new flash drive follows the company’s release of a similar one in 2013, albeit with a lower maximum storage capacity at only 1 TB.
If the notion of 2 TB sounds ludicrous, check out Kingston’s handy reference table detailing just how many files across different file types the flash drive can store. For starters, a 2 TB flash drive can store up to 70 hours of 4K content, 96 average-sized PC games, 500,000 songs, and 256,000 photos with a 24-megapixel resolution.
Unfortunately, the flash drive only supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 performance, instead of USB Type-C, which is increasingly becoming the standard nowadays. But laptops still do come with USB 3.0 ports, so this is a negligible gripe. Still, USB Type-C support could have been a nice future-thinking addition.
The world’s highest-capacity flash drive should obviously not skimp on the aesthetic front, and the DataTraveler Ultimate GT does not disappoint. The flash drive is enclosed in a zinc-alloy shell casing for shock resistance and improved durability.
Given their size, flash drives are prone to minor mishaps such as accidentally being flung, dropped or crushed inside a student’s jam-packed bag. Because of its high-end design, the new Kingston flash drive should fare well against these types of physical damage.
If it does break, owners shouldn’t worry. Kingston is backing every purchase of the flash drive with a five-year warranty, free technical support, and a reliability associated with the brand.
The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT will be out in February. The company has yet to disclose the flash drive’s pricing.