Western Digital debuts portable 8TB SSD prototype, 1TB USB Type-C dual drive, game drive SSDs
At CES 2020, Western Digital‘s SanDisk unveiled an 8TB SSD prototype and a 1TB USB Type-C dual-drive. Western Digital also launched a gaming SSD under its WD_Black brand.
The 8TB SSD will come in a small, pocket-sized form and will support 20Gbps speeds over USB. Not much is known about the product though, as it is still a prototype. There was also no mention of any launch or availability date.
SanDisk also unveiled a 1TB dual connector drive that works with USB Type-C smartphones and laptops. Cast with an all-metal body, the Dual Drive Luxe USB allows users to transfer content from USB-C devices to USB-A ones and vice-versa. The drive has up to 150 MB/s read speeds, a swivel design to protect the connectors, and has a small form factor that can be attached to a keyring.
Western Digital also unveiled WD_Black P50 Game Drive SSD for PC and Console gamers. The P50 drive features a SuperSpeed USB at 20GB/s and up to 2TB of storage, compatible with Windows, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One.
Apart from the P50, WD_Black is also launching a P10 Game Drive for Xbox One and a D10 Game Drive for Xbox One. The P10 is an external HDD that has storage options from 1TB up to 5TB, speeds of up to 130MB/s, and comes with a free 2-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. On the other hand, the D10 is a 12TB drive rated at 7200 RPM with active cooling technology, has speeds of 250MB/s, and comes with free 3-month membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
The SanDisk 1 TB Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive is expected to be available at a later date this quarter, with prices starting at USD 10.99 for the 32GB model, while the 1TB model is priced at USD 249.99 The WD_Black P50 Game Drive can now be purchased with a base price of USD 179.99 (500 GB). As for the P10 and D10, the drives are also available for purchase. The P10 has up to 5TB with a price of USD 139.99, while the D10 retails for USD 299.99.