Western Digital Corporation (better known as WD) has today launched a new SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 SSD, Flash Drive and world’s first microSD (256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXCTM UHS-I card) card that meets the Application Performance Class 1 (A1) requirements from the latest SD Association SD 5.1 specifications. If you are not aware, WD acquired SanDisk last year in 2016. The SSD and Flash drive will be available on Amazon before they reach offline retail stores for a price of Rs 8490 and Rs.13990 for 128GB and 256GB Extreme Pro SSD respectively and for the Flash drives you will have to pay Rs 3990 and Rs 5990 for 64GB and 128GB capacities respectively.
On the other hand, the microSD card will go on sale starting April 1st for an MRP of Rs 18,990.
Starting with the Extreme Pro SSD, the new Solid State Drive from WD is capable of reading speeds up to 420MB/s and write speeds up to 380MB/s. In other words, one can transfer full-length 4K movie to the drive in less than 15 seconds or 1000 photos in less than 25 seconds. For the design, WD has given a durable aluminium metal casing and a retractable connector to bank on both durability and reliability.
Whereas the Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Flash Drive comes with a read and write speeds of up to 200MB/s and 150MB/s respectively. In other words, it can transfer a full-length 4K movie in less than 40 seconds and 1000 photos in less than 60 seconds. For added file protection, these drives include the SanDisk SecureAccess software, which offers 128-bit file encryption and password protection4 along with limited lifetime warranty.
Coming to the last product i.e. the microSD card, WD claims that it can hold up to 24 hours of Full HD video3 and with premium transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s. Further, with the help of A1 performance, you can launch and run apps at seamless speeds. WD also mentioned the ability use microSD cards as internal storage on smartphones running on Android Marshmallow or later. The A1 spec allows the new card to manage random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and write IOPS of 500, so it can quickly open apps and process accompanying tasks, such as audio, graphics, saved profiles and in-app permissions.