Though ScanDisk drew large crowds to its stand at the CES show with its display of a humongous 4TB flash drive prototype, the company’s rival Lexar has become the first to launch a 1TB flash drive in the market.
Following its acquisition by Chinese flash storage company Longsys in August 2017, the Lexar brand needed a product to mark its reentry into the flash memory market; the massive 1TB flash storage appears to be that product.
Although SanDisk did display a 1TB SD prototype a couple of years ago, it too has remained a prototype like the 4GB shown at this year’s CES. In contrast, Lexar’s Professional 633x line of SDHC and SDXC UHS-I cards are now listed for commercial sale in capacities from 16GB all the way up to the flagship 1TB. The 1TB card claims read speeds of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of 70MB/s, though it is only rated as V30/U3, which guarantees sustained write performance of 30MB/s.
As expected, there is a price premium to pay for the breakthrough in capacity; you will have to pay more for a single 1TB card than you would for two 512GB cards. Though Lexar has set a price of $500 for the model and it is available in the market for around $400, that is quite a premium to pay considering that retailers are selling the 512GB version of Lexar cards for less than $150. However, if you are a videographer or video content creator and handling a lot of 4K footage, then it would probably make sense to buy a single card for the convenience it provides.