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Pen drive for your smartphone

With mobile devices like smartphones and tablets becoming an integral part of our life, even replacing the PC for some, the need for sufficient storage space has now become more critical than optional.Unfortunately, even though smartphone cameras are now capable of recording 4K videos, a number of premium smartphones do not include a slot for expanding storage.

Thanks to USB on-the-go, it’s easy to plug in conventional storage drives like pen drives. However, with the need for adapters and cables, the process is a bit cumbersome.

To make it more seamless, storage solution companies have now introduced USB drives that feature a micro-USB port in addition to supporting USB on-the-go functionality.

Storage solutions company Strontium offers on-the-go USB drives under its Nitro product line for tablets and smartphones that support USB-on-the-go functionality. The drive sports a compact form factor and features a standard USB port (USB 2.0) on one end and a micro-USB port on the other to plug into mobile devices without the need for an additional cable.

 The drive is available in 8, 16, 32 and 64GB storage capacities, with prices starting at Rs 490 and going up to Rs 3,000. The USB on-the-go drive offers write speed of up to 5MB per second and read speed of 15MB per second. One of the biggest advantages of USB on-the-go drive is that it can be used for expanding storage capacity of devices that don’t feature external storage slots. 

SanDisk, Kingston and Sony also offer similar products. SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is available in 16GB to 64GB capacities in the price range of Rs 1,199 to Rs 3,800. Kingston’s DataTravler microDuo drives are available at a price of Rs 1,200 for the 16GB drive and Rs 2,200 for the 32GB drive. Sony’s USB on-the-go drive costs Rs 1,399 (16GB) and Rs 2,633(32GB).

The mobile devices need to offer support for USB on-the-go function. So, its application is limited to Android devices and PCs, but not Windows Phone and iOS gadgets. Windows Phone does not support USB on-the-go and iOS devices use a proprietary connector. 


The 8, 16 and 32GB variants of the new Sony USM-SA1 USB drive have been priced at Rs 746, Rs 1,399 and Rs 2,633 in the country.The new drives are compatible with Android (Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean) operating systems and offer USB on-the-go (OTG) functionality. Sony says that it is working on making them compatible with Android 4.4 (KitKat), the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.Apart from copying data between devices, these flash drives can be used to as additional or temporary storage for smartphones and tablets.
SanDisk Ultra Dual pen drive

The SanDisk Ultra Dual pen drive is equipped with the OTG feature and eliminates the need for a data cable or USB OTG cable in order to copy data. All you need to do is plug in the pen drive into your phone’s charging / data cable slot, install the SanDisk utility or any file browsing app from the Google Play and copy your data around. You can now share your data across OTG-compliant tablets and smartphones, or PCs and laptops to your handheld with great ease. Alternatively, you can

carry along your additional data, music, videos or photos on the pen drive and access them when you need it. So if you are out on a vacation and run out of space clicking too many photos, then the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB drive is an option for you.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual is a USB 2.0 storage drive and available in three variants—16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. The 16 GB variant is available for Rs 1,199, 32 GB is for Rs 1,649, and the 64 GB drive is for Rs 2,875.

You can download the SanDisk app from the Google Play. It features a convenient data backup and restore feature too. The SanDisk Ultra Dual storage drive can be used on any PC and laptop and is compatible only with a limited number of OTG-compliant smartphones and tablets. The list is detailed as under:


Acer Nokia Sony
Acer W510 tab Nokia 808 Sony Mobile Xperia C5303
ASUS Samsung Sony Mobile Xperia SP
ASUS Memo Pac (ME172V) Samsung Flip Sony Mobile Xperia Z (C6303)
HTC Samsung Round Sony Mobile Xperia Z (C6602)
HTC Butterfly Samsung Galaxy Express (SGH-I437) Sony Mobile Xperia Z (C6606)
HTC Desire X Samsung Galaxy Mega (SGH-I527) Sony Mobile Xperia Z Tablet
HTC Droid (htc 6435luw) Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 (i9200) Sony Mobile Xperia Z Ultra (C6602)
HTC DROID DNA (6435LVW) Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900V) Sony Mobile Xperia Z1 (C6902)
HTC One (6500LVW) Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SMN9005) Sony SPBC
HTC One (PN07120) Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SGH-I467) Sony Xperia M Duos (CZ200)
HTC One mini (PO58220) Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (N5100) Sony Xperia SP (C5303)
HTC One X plus (PM63100) Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 Sony Xperia ZQ (C6503)
Huawei Samsung Galaxy Note i9220 Teldat
Huawei Ascend D2 Samsung Galaxy Note II (SCH-i605) Teldat 1104W
Huawei Ascend Mate Samsung Galaxy Note II (SGH-T889)
Huawei Mediapad 10 link Samsung Galaxy Note II (SPH-L900)
Huawei Mediapad 7 Lite Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100
Lenovo Samsung Galaxy S 4 (SCH-I545)
Lenovo Idea Tab S6000-H Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active (SGH-I537)
Lenovo Yoga B600 Tablet Samsung Galaxy S 4 GT-I9500
Lenovo Idea Tab S6000-H Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom
LG Samsung Galaxy S II (SGH-I777)
LG G PRO E 989 Samsung Galaxy S II (SGH-T989)
LG G2 (D805) Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE (SGH-i757M)
LG Optimus G Pro (E980) Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (SGH-i727)
LG P980 Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-i9300)
Motorola Samsung Galaxy S III (SCH-I535)
Motorola Atrix HD Samsung Galaxy S III (SGH-i747)
Motorola Atrix HD (MB886) Samsung Galaxy S III (SGH-T999)
Motorola DROID MAXX (XT1080M) Samsung Galaxy S III (SPH-L710)
Motorola DROID RAZR HD (XT926) Samsung Galaxy S III AT &T
Motorola Razr HD Samsung Galaxy S III GSM
Motorola RAZR M (XT907) Samsung Galaxy S III Verizon
Motorola XYBOARD (MZ609) Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (GTPS 200)
Mototola Xoom Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (T3110)
Motorola Moto G, Moto X Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10″

The storage drive is available only in black colour, and comes with a five-year warranty. For more details, you may visit the SanDisk website.

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