Kingston´s DataTraveler Ultimate GT (Generation Terabyte), as announced at CES 2017, will conquers the crown as the world's largest capacity USB flash drive. It can store up to 130 hours of Full HD video or 256 thousand photos from a 24 MP camera.
The device has a premium build, featuring a high-end design as it is made of a zinc alloy metal casing for shock resistance.
“At Kingston, we push the limits of what's possible,” said Jean Wong, Flash business manager of Kingston Digital, Inc.
“With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor. This is a terrific follow-up to our 1TB drive released in 2013 and by doubling the capacity, users can store and carry even larger amounts of data easily”.
Kingston didn't specify transfer rates so we will have to wait for benchmarks from reviewers in the near future. But the DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2TB will be bound to USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) performance, which limits it to the same 5 Gbit/s SuperSpeed maximum data signaling rate as USB 3.0. Future owners can expect to wait an hour when fully copying the maximum capacity from or to the stick.
Here all the specs for the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT:
Capacities: 1TB, 2TB
Speed: USB 3.1 Gen. 1
Dimensions: 72mm x 26.94mm x 21mm
Operating Temperature: -25°C to 60°C
Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
Warranty: 5-year warranty with free technical support
Compatible with: Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Mac OS v.10.9.x+, Linux v.2.6.x+, Chrome OS™
Available next month
Kingston will ship DataTraveler Ultimate GT in both capacities starting in February. There are no details regarding pricing but buyers shouldn't expect it to be affordable. A 2TB flash drive might be quite expensive, especially considering it has the largest capacity in the world.
Still, there are some small shortcomings with the new device. The drive uses USB Type-A which is fine for most computer users, but owners of newer machines might have to use an adapter for their newer Type-C connectors.
Also, it will not be quite as fast as it could be because it uses USB 3.0 generation 1 and not the faster USB 3.1 generation 2.