Sony today launched the world’s first pen drives that are compatible with smartphones and tablet devices aiming at a market that is new for data storage devices.
The new USB flash drives are “2-in-1 devices” having USB 2.0 and microUSB connectors on either side of the stick, allowing consumers to use them in not only laptops and desktops but also smartphones and tablets.
Viviano Cantu, the director of consumer media marketing, Sony Electronics, has a word on it:
“These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking.”
The new pendrive for smartphones are compatible with Android (Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean) operating systems and provides USB on-the-go (OTG) functionality. Sony says that it is working on making them compatible with Android 4.4 (KitKat), the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system.
Apart from transferring data between devices, these flash drives can be used to as additional or temporary storage for smartphones and tablets. There are quite a few products available in the market that offer storage for iPhones, but fail in their size and compatibility.
Their locking caps will protect the connecting ports from damage and dust, says Sony. Sony also claims that the metal enclosure of these flash drives are ample durable to withstand everyday rough mobile use.
The cap of this flash drive are available in three different colours, namely, White, Black and Purple.
Sony has said that the new flash drives will be available to consumers in of 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities, priced at $19.99, $29.99 and $62.99 respectively.
The Japanese giant has not commented on the dates of its release in India, we are expecting these new flash drives, that are compatible with smartphones and tablets to launch globally by January of next year, i.e. January 2014.
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