Kingston makes 1TB USB flash drive, coming later in the year (yes, we are not kidding)

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So yeah, remember five years ago when USB flash drives were just approaching 1GB? Those were the days. Now, Kingston is upping the game with the announcement that it will make a 512GB and 1TB USB flash drive. Called the DataTraveller HyperX Predator 3.0, the USB drives take full advantage of the new USB 3.0 fast data read/write speeds.

Thanks to USB 3.0, the Predator’s read speed is 240MB/s while write speeds are 160MB/s. Of course, this one is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 – only with 30MB/s read and write speeds. And it is pretty much compatible with all the major operating systems, from Windows XP SP3 and above, Mac OS X version 10.6.x+ and Linux version 2.6.x+.

The drive’s casing is made from zinc alloy, giving some resilience when you accidentally drop it on the concrete ground.

The 512GB USB flash drive is currently available on Kingston’s website for US$1,337, with the 1TB version is coming later in Q1. We expect it to be around $2,000 or more. Full press release below.

2013 International CES Las Vegas, NV and Fountain Valley, CA — January 7, 2013 — Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the DataTraveler® HyperX® Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive. DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 is the world’s largest-capacity USB 3.0 Flash drive as it will be available in a 1TB capacity later in Q1. It is shipping now in 512GB capacity. DT HyperX Predator 3.0 is the fastest USB 3.0 Flash drive in the Kingston® family, with speeds of up to 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write. It has also achieved SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification.

“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.

DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive is part of the HyperX Predator family, which represents the highest-performance products offered from Kingston HyperX. The drive is backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

For more information visit www.kingston.com.

Kingston is celebrating 25 years in the memory industry. The company was founded on October 17, 1987, and has grown to become the largest third-party memory manufacturer in the world. Watch the 25th anniversary video and see more information including a timeline of Kingston’s history. In addition, HyperX memory is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The first HyperX high-performance memory module was released in November 2002.

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