USB type-C is here in full force, offering convenient reversible cables, high power throughput for fast charging, and maybe even the dream of a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow. Or at least, it would, if we weren’t still just a bit sore about having to buy a bunch of new accessories to support it. If your latest smartphone (or hell, even laptop) purchase has brought you into the world of USB type-C connectivity, you’ve probably already started arming yourself with all manner of cables, but that’s just part of the solution. Now Sony’s announcing a new USB type-C accessory that looks absolutely perfect for some of the latest smartphones, giving your handset access to a ton of external storage.
Sony’s USB 3.1 Gen1 CA1 flash drives feature standard USB type-A connectivity on one end, and a new type-C connector on the other. They function just like the sort of dual-ended hybrid flash drives that pair a type-A connector with a micro-USB connector, except that this new design is fully equipped to take advantage of the latest phones with their type-C interfaces.
Sales get started next month, with the CA1 set to arrive in 16GB (eww), 32GB (aight), and 64GB (now we’re talking) capacities.
Sony hasn’t said anything about pricing just yet, but considering the novelty of USB type-C, we wouldn’t be surprised to see these go for a small premium over existing micro-USB hybrid drives.
Now all we need is some good portable power packs with their own USB type-C cables, and we’re seriously in business.