Smartphones and digital cameras have become quite sophisticated and powerful, now recording video along the 4K resolution range. But with high resolution, high frame rate footage comes the need for storage that can keep up with the speed and amount of data these cameras dump on them. Internal storage is fast, but its storage capacity is limited in smartphones and sometimes non-existent on cameras. High speed external storage such as cards and USBs are thus in demand, and Lexar has just unveiled a few new ones to supply that need.
Google has announced that popular chatting app WhatsApp has a new Google Drive backup option, giving Android users in particular an extra option for backing up their data. The feature allows users to keep their chats, videos, and other WhatsApp data in their Google Drive account; this will allow someone to find the data in case the phone gets lost, but also restore the data onto a new device if the user upgrades to a new handset.
Scientists have invented a new data storage medium that they are likening to the crystals used to store data in Superman's Fortress of Solitude. According to the scientists, the crystals are so good at storing data that the data encoded on them with lasers could survive longer than the human race. The data encoded could last for millions of years.
Toshiba has just debuted a handful of new PC storage options in the form of solid state drives (SSD) and traditional SATA hard drives (HDD). The Q300 SSDs are the flagship offerings, boasting of speed and performance improvements. The SATA HDDs are targeted for a number of purposes, including high performance, low energy usage, and mobile laptop users. With the new hard drives available in a number of size configurations, those looking for extra storage for their computer will easily be able to find one that fits their needs.
In this day and age, we've come to expect premium material options like leather and bamboo on our smartphones, and German storage accessories maker Brinell feels its we apply the same standard to external hard drives. The Red Dot design award-winning company has expanded its Evo line of portable SSDs to include leather, steel, wood, and faux-carbon finishes. Prices start at about $220 for 250GB of storage, and in terms of premium look storage device, that's hard to beat.
If you need so much storage for your computer that a 1 or 2TB hard drive sounds paltry, you might be interested in Samsung's latest solid-state drive (SSD) announcement: the PM1633a, which offers an incredible 16TB of space, yet still features a 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure. Well, technically it only has 15.36TB, which is why Samsung is billing it as "about 16TB," but even then it's being called the world's largest capacity hard drive.
Before you get too excited, that wasn't a typo in the title. It's really gigabits, not gigabytes. That means 8 bits for every byte, meaning that a 256 Gb (gigabit) NAND chip equates to a 32 GB (gigabyte) capacity. But now before you go belittling Samsung's announcement because of the numbers, what the consumer electronics company came up with is still a notable achievement. In practice, Samsung's new storage chips can double the capacity of existing SSD drives without doubling the size, which is definitely a huge win.
When id Software's RAGE video game started flaunting "4K textures" around, there was much debate on the practicality of that amount of data versus what our eyes can distinguish and what our beefiest PCs can handle. And now Intel and Micron, two of the biggest names in the semiconductor industry, wants us thinking about 8K games already? That said, it isn't about the absurdity of the idea but about how its new 3D XPoint memory technology can make it possible, beating the hell out of the popular and steadfast NAND flash storage we have today.
Samsung Electronics has just launched a pair of new solid state drive (SSD) hard drives, each featuring a whopping storage capacity of 2 terabytes. The 2TB SSD 850 PRO and 850 EVO models feature Samsung's Vertical NAND flash chips, and are among the largest storage options now available in retail SSDs. Samsung says the new drives will be available in 50 countries, however exact pricing wasn't revealed.
At MWC early last March, Sandisk wowed the crowd with what we thought is the highest capacity microSD card so far. Well, it can still cling to that title for now, as it is truly the highest capacity microSD card available in the market. Yes, Sandisk has finally made its 200 GB microSD card available and one can buy it on Amazon already. But while the little card is ready to store thousands of photos and hours of footage, do be aware that you will be paying twice as much for it.
Synology has rolled out a couple new network attached storage options known as NAS servers. The new equipment includes the DiskStation DS215+ and the DiskStation DS715. The two NAS devices look very similar on the outside, but have different hardware on the inside. Both do have some similarities though with hardware encryption engines and compact designs.