At the CES 2017 in January, SanDisk revealed its fastest-ever USB flash drive. The ‘SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive’ isn’t the world’s catchiest name, but that doesn’t matter once you look at what it can do.
Today, at an event in New Delhi, SanDisk launched the drive in both its 128GB and 256GB configurations for the Indian market.
SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive
We covered the reveal at CES for these drives – you can read that here – but here’s a summary.
These flash drives are designed to deliver SSD-like speeds with the capacities of 128GB and 256GB. The capacity isn’t a big deal – Kingston has a 2 TB flash drive, after all – but the speed is.
Both, the 128GB and 256GB versions are identical when it comes to speed. 420MB/s read speed, and up to 320MB/s write speed.
That’s a lot of data being pushed through, which is why you would need USB 3.1 to utilize these flash drives at their full potential.
The Extreme Pro is also packed within an aluminum casing, giving it some extra durability against random drops.
SanDisk Extreme Go USB 3.1 Flash Drive
This one wasn’t at the CES, making things interesting. Extreme Go drives are the slower but somewhat affordable alternative to the Extreme Pro drives.
These drives come in 64GB and 128GB capacities and can deliver speeds of up to 200MB/s for reads and 150MB/s for writes.
While that’s slower than the Extreme Pro drives, you would still need USB 3.1 to utilize these drives at their full potential.
In addition to being very fast, SanDisk has also made sure that these drives are secure.
The four drives are compatible and ship with SanDisk’s SecureAccess encryption software, providing 128-bit AES encryption.
SecureAccess is available for Windows Vista and above, including Windows 10.
Pricing & Availability
The ‘SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive’ is available in two capacities: 128GB and 256GB. The 128GB capacity will retail for ₹8,490, and the 256GB capacity will be a whopping ₹13,990.
The ‘SanDisk Extreme Go USB 3.1 Flash Drive’ is also available in two capacities: 64GB and 128GB. The 64GB capacity will retail for ₹3,990, and the 128GB for ₹5,990.
All four drives also come with a limited lifetime warranty. They will be available at Amazon India as well as select retail outlets across India starting from the 1st of April.
These drives are expensive, but they are fast, and that’s where the value is. Considering that the Extreme Pro’s 256GB variant launched in the U.S. for $180; the Indian prices aren’t very far off from the U.S. prices either. That’s rare and thus nice to see.