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Kingston fits 1TB on a flash drive, will likely set you back over US$2K

Kingston has announced 512GB and 1TB USB 3.0 flash drives, specced at 240MBps reads and 160MBps writes. There are some things left unanswered, though.

Kingston has announced 512GB and 1TB USB 3.0 flash drives, specced at 240MBps reads and 160MBps writes. There are some things left unanswered, though.

(Credit: Kingston)

For a start, who's going to buy them? While the 1TB drive hasn't been priced yet (it'll be available in March), the 512GB has already been costed at a whopping US$1750. The next question is, who's going to carry something this chunky?

(Screenshot by CBS Interactive)

It's looking like the 1TB drive will have the same 72x26.94x21mm dimensions as the 512GB, but still — what's the appeal, when you can get a faster SSD and USB converter for less than half the price, that will more easily slip into your pocket?

Alas, such is the way of tech: someone has to go first so that the prices will eventually come down.