by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Announces New Portable Flash Solutions

SanDisk has added several new portable storage products to their flash drive portfolio, including the Extreme 900 Portable SSD, which is touted as the world’s fastest line of Type C-based portable storage and the Extreme 500 Portable SSD, which is the company’s new pocket-sized, rugged line of drives. Also announced are the 256GB Ultra and 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drives, the former being SanDisk’s first-ever USB offering at a 256GB capacity, while the latter is the company’s new capacity for one of the smallest USB drives on the market.

The Extreme 900 and 500 Portable SSDs

The Extreme 900 and 500 storage solutions are designed for photographers, videographers, creative professionals and tech enthusiasts looking to move massive files at high speeds. Available in up to 1.92TB, the Extreme 900 line is focused on performance and capacity with SanDisk quoting impressive speeds up to 850MB/s. These speeds are certainly preferable when dealing with 4K video, taking detailed high-res photos, and creating large graphics files. The Extreme 900 also has a compact, durable aluminum case, so professionals can travel with the drive knowing that it is well protected.

SanDisk Extreme 900 specifications:

  • Available capacities: Available capacities: 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB
  • Dimensions: 2.98 x 2.98 x 0.42 in. (75.69mm x 75.69 mm x 10.67 mm)
  • Interface: USB 3.1
  • Support: 3 year limited warranty
  • Compatible with PC & Mac computers—no drivers needed
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Mac OS 10.4+

The SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD is less than half the size of a smartphone all the while delivering speeds up to 415MB/s in tranfer speeds. This light but durable drive is available capacities up to 480GB capacity and is an ideal high-performance solution for consumer looking for a fast, reliable storage on the go. The SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD sports a black finish with unique rubber bumpers as well as a metal ring that easily clips into a bag. In addition, both new family of SanDisk Extreme Portable SSDs feature SanDisk SecureAccess software with 128-bit encryption to secure files.

SanDisk Extreme 500 specifications:

  • Available capacities: 120GB and 240GB
  • Performance (both capacities)
    • Seq. Read (up to): 415 MB/s
    • Seq. Write (up to): 340 MB/s
  • Dimensions: 2.98 x 2.98 x 0.42 in. (75.69mm x 75.69 mm x 10.67 mm)
  • Operating temperature: 32ºF to 113ºF (0ºC to 45ºC)
  • Storage temperature: -4ºF to 158ºF (-20ºC to 70ºC)
  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Shock: Resistant up to 800 G @ 0.5 m/sec
  • Vibration: 5.35 gRMS, 20-2000 HZ
  • Support: 3 year warranty
  • Compatible with PC & Mac computers—no drivers needed
  • Windows Vista, Windows7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Mac OS 10.4+

128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit and 56GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drives

At roughly the size of a dime, the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive is now available in capacities up to 128GB, which is double the capacity of the previously highest capacity point for the line. It also features a low-profile, plug-and-stay design with high transfer speeds for media enthusiasts who want to expand storage of their notebook, tablet, TV, in-car audio system, gaming console. The new drive delivers speeds of up to 130MB/s, allowing users to move content up to much faster than the standard USB 2.0 connection, such as transferring a full-length movie in less 40 seconds.

Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Specifications:

  • Performance/Speed: up to 130MB/s read speed
  • Available Capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • SanDisk SecureAccess software
  • RescuePRO file recovery software (one-year subscription offer)
  • USB 3.0 enabled (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • Dimensions: 19.1 x 15.9 x 8.8 mm; 0.75 x 0.63 x 0.35 in (LxWxH) – without cap
  • Operating temperature: 32° - 113° F (0° – 45° C)
  • Storage temperature: 14° - 158° F (-10° – 70° C)

The SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive

The SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive now comes in a capacity up to 256GB, which is now the company’s highest offering. The Ultra line boasts transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s, allowing users to move large files up to ten times faster than a standard USB 2.0 drive. In addition, the flash drives come in a sleek black design and are extremely compact and portable for easy travel.

SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive Specifications:

  • Available capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
  • Performance/speed: Transfer speeds up to 100MB/s, write speeds lower
  • Dimensions: 2.24" x 0.84" x 0.43" (56.8 mm x 21.3 mm x 10.8 mm)
  • Operating temperature: 32° - 113° F (0° – 45° C)
  • Storage temperature: 50° - 158° F (-10° – 70° C)
  • Compatibility: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

Pricing and availability

The SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSDs will be available worldwide in capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, at roughly $99.99, $149.99 and $239.99, respectively. In addition, the SanDisk Extreme 900 SSDs will be available worldwide in capacities of 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB for $399.99, $599.99 and $999.99, respectively.

The 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive has a price tag of $119.99 while the 256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 goes for $199.99. The new drives are now available online and at retailers worldwide.

128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive

256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive

SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD

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