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Kingston Announces World's First 1 TB Flash Drive

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512 GB version now shipping for $1,750.

Kingston has announced the world's first 1 terabyte flash drive during the Consumer Electronics Show.

Set to launch during 2013's Q1 (between January 1 until March 31), the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 will offer read/write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s, respectively. Kingston has launched a 512 GB version in the market, but it won't be cheap: it's priced at $1,750, with the price tag for the 1 TB flash drive yet to be announced.

The company is also launching 32 GB and 64 GB versions that deliver read/write speeds of 150MB/s and 70MB/s. As for the world's largest-capacity USB 3.0 Flash drive, Kingston said that it's achieved SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification and is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, as well as supporting Windows 8.

"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, Kingston's Flash memory business manager. "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."


Kingston HyperX Predator 3.0 features and specifications are as follows:

  • Highest capacities: uncompromised data storage to carry your digital world on a portable USB drive
  • Highest performance: unparalleled speeds to save time while transferring content rich data
  • Zinc alloy metal casing: resilient protection for data in a cutting-edge design
  • HyperX valet keychain: exclusive accessory for a stylish twist to portable storage
  • Guaranteed: five-year warranty and free technical support for added peace of mind
  • Speed: USB 3.0: 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write -- USB 2.0: 30MB/s read and 30MB/s write
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Capacities: 512GB, 1TB (later Q1)
  • Dimensions: without key ring: 2.8346" x 1.0606" x 0.8268" (72mm x 26.94mm x 21mm) -- with key ring: 3.4854" x 1.0606" x 0.8268" (88.53mm x 26.94mm x 21mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • USB 3.0: latest USB standard guarantees backwards compatibility with USB 2.0

Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions.

 

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    fuzzion , January 8, 2013 8:18 AM
    The day is getting closer when we start to look at 1gb as 1mb
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    Soda-88 , January 8, 2013 10:06 AM
    I'd rather buy a 512GB SSD and USB3.0 enclosure for $350-400.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 8, 2013 8:25 AM
    fuzzionThe day is getting closer when we start to look at 1gb as 1mb

    LOL...what's a KB? Just kidding.

    1 TB of Flash? That's a LOT of porn to fit in your pocket. :D 

    No really, this will probably be used in the future to boot a desktop from a Flash with the OS and it's programs installed onto it. That's just my guess. Give it a few years when the price isn't ridiculous.
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  • 17 Hide
    fuzzion , January 8, 2013 8:18 AM
    The day is getting closer when we start to look at 1gb as 1mb
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    infernocy , January 8, 2013 8:22 AM
    this is really impressive but the amount of money depends on the amount of usage and longevity .. i bought a really expensive hand luggage for about $250 and i use it for 7 years now , also i bought archos AV700 for 500 euros about 8 years ago and it pretty much do what today players do
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    JOSHSKORN , January 8, 2013 8:25 AM
    fuzzionThe day is getting closer when we start to look at 1gb as 1mb

    LOL...what's a KB? Just kidding.

    1 TB of Flash? That's a LOT of porn to fit in your pocket. :D 

    No really, this will probably be used in the future to boot a desktop from a Flash with the OS and it's programs installed onto it. That's just my guess. Give it a few years when the price isn't ridiculous.
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    abbadon_34 , January 8, 2013 8:25 AM
    Better hope they delivery something at least CLOSE to true USB3.0 speeds, or there going to be some real problems (other than price of course). One can only hope something like
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/via-labs-nand-flash-controller,19768.html
    will be part of the package.
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    randomizer , January 8, 2013 8:51 AM
    I still have a 512MB drive that I regularly use (and a 128MB that only recently died). It's mostly read only in that I never add anything to it, but it's still useful. It's also indestructible. I could throw it off a 30 floor building and it would just bounce. I can't say the same for my higher capacity drives unfortunately.
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    jn77 , January 8, 2013 8:55 AM
    What concerns me here is that Kingston does not manufacture flash chips, so why don't we hear about more of these being out there.... particularly from Samsung or Micron, or Sandisk. As much as I like sandisk products........ 128gb, 256gb micro sdxc cards for android 4.x should have been on the market 2 years ago,

    If you look for 128gb and 256gb usb 3.0 thumb drives...... they are out there, but have not come down in price... The memory manufactures must have some sort of agreement that they don't release stuff that should be on the market so they can soak up these crazy prices on memory.
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    Anonymous , January 8, 2013 9:24 AM
    @jn77 u wanna drive a mercedes but u dont wanna pay for it... premium items come with a premium price tag
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    Soda-88 , January 8, 2013 10:06 AM
    I'd rather buy a 512GB SSD and USB3.0 enclosure for $350-400.
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    Afrospinach , January 8, 2013 10:16 AM
    Imagine pulling your keys out your pocket and hearing that disappear down a storm drain.
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    leandrodafontoura , January 8, 2013 10:19 AM
    Ugly as hell tought, but Its very good to see this
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    evilsizer , January 8, 2013 10:24 AM
    Now that we have this in a flash drive, we're not far away from having it in our phones. So our phones will have 4 cores, tera flash, and hopefully better graphics. Soon we'll be able to carry around a very functional computer (I'm talking yesturdays desktop equivalent). Carry it with you, wirelessly send graphics to a monitor, use a foldable bluetooth keybord, or projected one for that matter.

    Smart TVs will turn back into just being receivers. I really don't see us being too far away from assigning our internet and cable access to our phones more than tying them to our homes. People already have allowed smart phones to become such an important part of their lives. Imagine taking all of your information with you wherever you go. Not just the bits that currently fit in our limited capacity phones, but all electronic information you currently have in your life.

    Makes you wonder, once it's all in your pocket, where will it go next?
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    g00fysmiley , January 8, 2013 11:01 AM
    hmm my 16 gig thumbdrive keeps looking smaller and smaller.. fortunatly my patriot gauntlet node is also 1tb and includes a batterry and wifi to conect to my droid to stream content making me feel a little better... still very cool as this looks much smaller than a node
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    mrmaia , January 8, 2013 11:21 AM
    Nice to see the technology advance, but HDDs are still - and will keep being for long - the best option for very large mobile storage.
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    hedwar2011 , January 8, 2013 11:23 AM
    Really? A 1Tb jumpdrive is more expensive than a friggin' computer itself. Can't say that I agree with this at all.
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    g-thor , January 8, 2013 2:05 PM
    I don't see security features listed in the specs above. If I have my "entire digital world" stored on this thing, I want security if I lose it. Perhaps they could include a small program that runs when installed, requires a password and wipes the thing if your fail in 2 or 3 tries.

    Of course it's totally out of my price range, but I can dream, can't I?
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    XZaapryca , January 8, 2013 2:08 PM
    Way better than $3000 for a 20 MEGABYTE, 5 1/4" drive in the 80's. I'm sure thirty years from now the situation will be even worse when quantum computing has been out for decades already.
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    catswold , January 9, 2013 12:37 AM
    fuzzionThe day is getting closer when we start to look at 1gb as 1mb


    We'll have to if these 4K displays become mainstream. Takes about 100gB for 5 minutes of video. I don't think Blu-Ray is in danger of becoming obsolete any time soon.
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    jn77 , January 9, 2013 2:55 AM
    catswoldWe'll have to if these 4K displays become mainstream. Takes about 100gB for 5 minutes of video. I don't think Blu-Ray is in danger of becoming obsolete any time soon.


    Blu-Ray is obsolete already ...... 4k and 8k video in the "disc" form factor might have "limited" support on Blu-Ray.

    Do a google search for "HVD" or "Holographic Versatile Disc".

    To put this in perspective......

    Original CD = 680mb------------------- Music/Some Standard def video
    CD's we burn now = 700mb ----------- Music/Some Standard def video
    There was a "dual layer CD" that never took off.------ Never really developed
    DVD (1 layer) 4.7gb ---------------------Standard def 4:3 or 16:9 video
    DVD (1 Layer) 8.5gb --------------------Standard def 4:3 or 16:9 video
    Blu-Ray (1 Layer) 25gb ---------------- HD Video (720/1080p)
    Blu-Ray (2 Layer) 50gb ---------------- HD Video (720/1080p)
    Blu-Ray (3 Layer) 100gb --------------- HD Video (720/1080p)
    Blu-Ray (4 Layer) 128gb --------------- HD Video (720/1080p)
    HVD (technically 1 data layer) ---------6TB 4k (Ultra HD) and 8k Video
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    army_ant7 , January 9, 2013 5:21 AM
    This was supposedly shown in last year's CES. <b>1TB</b> SSD Crammed Into Swiss Army Knife, Costs $3000
    Did they not release it anymore (for this to become the "first 1TB flash drive")? I vaguely remember there being another 1TB flash drive out there as well. That memory could be wrong though.
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    nebun , April 11, 2013 1:14 PM
    not bad...now they need to drop the price, when that happens I will be interested in purchasing one
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