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SanDisk debuts new line of wireless memory storage devices

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SanDisk is offering more mobile memory solutions with its new SanDisk Connect line of wireless flash memory storage devices, including the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive.

SanDisk says its Wireless Flash Drive allows for wireless connectivity from a smartphone, tablet or computer without an Internet connection. It's available in 16GB or 32GB capacities, priced at $49.99 and $59.99 respectively. 

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive comes with 32GB or 64GB storage capacities, at $79.99 and $99.99 respectively. Capable of streaming high-definition movies, photos and music on tablets, smartphones and computers, it also includes an SDHC/SDXC card slot for sharing images.

We're excited to see how both of these products might work within an on-the-go photographer's workflow, until we can test them out, learn more from the press release below.

Full press release

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced SanDisk Connect™, a line of wireless flash memory storage devices including the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive. These new wireless devices represent the next generation of portable storage, delivering an easier way to access and share content across multiple mobile devices.

“Today’s consumers own an increasing number of mobile devices and accessing content across them can be a challenge,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “With the new SanDisk Connect product line, we’re raising the bar on what consumers can expect from personal storage. We combined the portability of small flash memory storage devices with the convenience of wireless streaming and sharing functionality.”

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive provides a convenient and affordable way for consumers with a variety of devices to wirelessly store, share and stream content, across mobile devices and computers. As the smallest wireless USB storage device available to date, the drive allows users to enjoy up to 32GB1 of extra storage for their devices without the need for an Internet connection or cables. Users can simultaneously access photos, movies, music and documents on their drive from multiple devices around the house or on the go, with up to four hours of continuous streaming on a single charge2.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is the perfect companion for road warriors or parents who need entertainment ready to enjoy. Users can easily take content such as high-definition (HD3) movies, videos, music and photos with them wherever they go. This stylish pocket-sized device is designed for convenience and portability, and offers up to eight continuous streaming hours on a single charge2. It is available in capacities up to 64GB and has an SDHC™/SDXC™ memory card slot which allows users to store or share more content, or conveniently view high-quality photos on a mobile device from a camera’s memory card4. The media drive wirelessly connects up to eight mobile devices and can stream up to five different HD movies at once.

Easy to Use and Compatible

The SanDisk Connect line of products is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Kindle Fire and Android™ devices as well as PC and Mac computers5. Movies, music, photos and documents can be loaded by simply dragging and dropping the files, and accessed via the SanDisk Connect apps available for download from the App Store, Google Play™ Store and the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available in 16GB or 32GB capacities at an MSRP of $49.99 and $59.99 respectively. In the U.S., it is available for preorder on Amazon.com, Newegg.com and Micro Center, with availability at Best Buy starting in August.  It will also be available for preorder on Amazon.com in Germany and UK.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive comes with 32GB or 64GB storage capacities at $79.99 and $99.99 respectively. It is available for preorder in the U.S. on Amazon.com with Q4 availability in Germany and UK.

1 1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.

2 Based on streaming 720p content at 2mbps to one device; actual life and performance may vary depending upon usage and settings; battery not replaceable.

3 HD (1280x720) video support may vary based on host device, file attributes and other factors. www.sandisk.com/HD

4 Card sold separately.

Mobile devices: iOS version 5.0 or higher, Android version 2.3 or higher; PC or Mac computer: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or Mac OS 10.6 or higher; Wi-Fi enabled devices: web browser.

Comments

Total comments: 15
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Jul 24, 2013)

Why not just buy something that plugs in instead?

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Wick Smith
By Wick Smith (Jul 25, 2013)

Most of the devices that plug in to a tablet can only transfer the images to the tablet, when what you often want is to review the images on a large screen. For example, Apple's Camera Connection device has that limitation.

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robfitsy
By robfitsy (Jul 24, 2013)

I rolled my own with pretty much the same functionality as this using tp link's MR3020 flashed with openwrt, and a small usb hub soldered on for more device access, eg: card reader and usb drive ext-root. As a plus I also get an ethernet port.
I suppose an extension of this would be to use tp-link's devices which have a battery.

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Wick Smith
By Wick Smith (Jul 23, 2013)

AirStash has done this for years. One advantage of AirStash that may not be the case for EyeFi is that you can use the mobile app to view images from the card on a large screen without having to download them.

Another option is CamRanger which reads directly from the camera without having to remove the card from the camera. CamRanger also allows remote operation of the camera from a phone or tablet.

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Impulses
By Impulses (Jul 24, 2013)

Who mentioned Eyefi? Airstash's solution looks very similar to Sandisk's, but it also costs twice as much for half the storage so even if it isn't entirely original SanDisk's obviously still providing some value here. CamRanger starts at $300 and it's aimed more at remote control...

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ledittmar
By ledittmar (Jul 23, 2013)

battery not replaceable.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Jul 23, 2013)

Yeah, carrying a wire is one of the biggest problems encountered in mobile photography...

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sagephotography
By sagephotography (Jul 23, 2013)

No smarta$$, but there's a bunch of photographers that need it for their field of work. Think photojournalists in third world countries where backup is essential

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Octane
By Octane (Jul 24, 2013)

@sagephotography
Do cables magically not work in third world countries? And tell me, how much of a 'backup' is 32 gb? I don't even use 32 gb cards any more, only 64 and up. Last but not least, how do you think the battery of these have to be charged? Wireless? LOL

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Huxley in au
By Huxley in au (Aug 1, 2013)

Cables might be a "tell' that a backup was made vs just clearing card/s on the camera.

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seeblue
By seeblue (Jul 23, 2013)

IMO, both of these devices are limited and overpriced compared to other offerings. And each device's limitations feed into Sandisk's own market; selling more flash memory.

The flash drive model doesn't accept SD cards (like from most cameras); only micro SD.

The media drive won't accept anything other than flash media cards (buy some more cards…).

Kingston MobileLite Wireless, Sanho iUSBport, (and a few others) offer greater flexibility by accepting a wider range of media (e.g., flash media, hard drives, card readers).

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mikiev
By mikiev (Jul 23, 2013)

Thanks for the info.

I wasn't aware devices like the Kingston & Sanho were even on the market.

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Digitall
By Digitall (Jul 23, 2013)

I see that SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive concept is the same as Eye-Fi Mobi.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is a neat idea. The prices continue exaggerated for this type of apparatus, the present technology is quite cheap. It's almost like having an Eye-Fi card inside a plastic shroud. does not justify the absurd prices that continue to have. But, the idea is cool.

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mikiev
By mikiev (Jul 23, 2013)

So: I can take jpegs photos with my non-WiFi camera, move the SDHC card from the camera to the media drive, and use the media drive to share the photos with 8 other devices over WiFi?

Kinda neat for something that small & inexpensive... if you are regularly sharing a lot of photos with a group of friends/family.

I assume there is a way to navigate the camera's folder structure on the SDHC card i.e. the requirement for a web browser on WiFi-enabled devices.

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Impulses
By Impulses (Jul 22, 2013)

Interesting exercise in minituarization, the flash drive version is only 3" x 1"... Pretty handy if you have the need for a mobile wireless drive, probably the smallest yet... Only USB 2.0 though.

I'll stick to my 32GB USB 3.0 Sandisk, it's probably 5x faster when transferring stuff from the PC when I'm in a hurry to get out (like when I'm dumping movies on it before a trip, at 100-200 MB/s), and it's easy enough to access on my phone/tablet via USB OTG. No battery to recharge either...

I'd definitely have one if these if I had an iPad though, or like, kids to entertain on a trip. Wonder what kinda streaming/wifi speeds it can attain.

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