Kingston makes terabyte USB 3.0 flash drives a reality in 2013

It feels like eons ago when a 4GB flash drive was considered high capacity. Nowadays, you can pick up a 64GB for around $40. Kingston's going above and beyond all that with flash drives in 512GB and 1TB capacities, and prices that will make your wallet explode.

Kingston is not the first company to try to cram one terabyte of flash storage into a USB drive. Victorinox beat Kingston to the punch a year earlier with its 1TB Swiss Army USB flash drive that would have fetched $3,000 if it was actually released.

So why care about Kingston's flash drive? Well, it's 1TB of storage in your pocket. Capacity aside, Kingston's DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB flash drive (whew, that's a mouthful) has read speeds of 240MB/s and write speeds of 160MB/s.

The Predator 3.0 also comes in a much more rugged looking metal case to withstand more physical abuse damage.

Kingston won't say how much the 1TB flash drive costs, but based on the fact that it's selling a 512GB of the same flash drive for $1,750, it's probably at least half that again, if not close to double.

Posted on location at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. All photos taken by Raymond Wong for DVICE.

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