If you think flash drives are meant to be connected to the host (PC or Tablet) to read or write data from/to the host, then you are wrong. SanDisk has created flash drives which you can access wirelessly without connecting it to your PC or tablet. This flash drive comes with an inbuilt Wi-Fi module; you can turn it on and access it wirelessly on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick:
SanDisk Connect Wireless stick is a flash drive with a hexagonal pattern design and a plastic cap for USB connector. You can just use it as a normal flash drive with your PC, but if you press the button on the side, this flash drive turns into a wireless server so you can connect to server and access the files.
You can charge it normally while using it on your PC or with any USB charger you got. SanDisk said that the battery on this flash drive could last up to 4 hours with a full charge, and you can also check for the battery using the SanDisk Connect app on your smartphone.
|Dimensions||7.7 x 1.9 x 1.1 cm|
|Price||200GB – Rs. 8089|
SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive:
SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive has same features as SanDisk Wireless Stick except the design. This wireless flash drive comes with a retractable plastic guard around the USB connector. Once you turn on the flash drive, it will create a wireless hotspot connection to which you can connect your smartphone or laptop and access the files.
This flash drive can also be charged using your PC or a USB charger and run the Wi-Fi hotspot to maximum 4 hours. The main storage of this flash drive is not inbuilt; there is an SD card slot on the side of the drive where an SD card is inserted. You can replace the memory card with a bigger one (more storage capacity) and expand the flash drive up to 64GB, 128GB, or 200GB.
|Dimensions||1.4 x 2.6 x 7.8 cm|
|Price||32GB – 9664 INR|
SanDisk Connect app is available for Android and iOS users to connect with this flash drive and change some settings like a sleep timer and setting a password.
Till now there is no manufacturer other than SanDisk who has introduced any Wi-Fi flash drive, so for now if you want one (even if you are not SanDisk fan) you have to buy one of the two.