Jan. 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM ET
How big is that flash drive you use to shuttle files between your desktop and your laptop, or trade music with a friend? 2 gigabytes? 8 gigabytes? Whatever it is, it doesn't come close to the latest from Kingston, which fits a terabyte, or 1024 gigabytes, into a package as big as your thumb.
That's right: The kind of space that a year or two ago you could hardly get put into a laptop, you can now carry around with you in your jeans pocket. To be honest, the device is chunky enough that people might take notice, but it'll definitely fit in there.
It's not the first terabyte flash drive: Victorinox showed one off, smaller even, at last year's CES. But as some expected at the time, their device has never materialized. Kingston's DataTraveler HyperX Predator, on the other hand, will be for sale shortly.
How much can you expect to pay? There's the rub. The 512-gigabyte version, which comes out first and is already more spacious than practically anything you can find out there, has an MSRP of $1700.
That's right, nearly two grand for a flash drive. Who's buying these things? The Kingston representative who demoed the device for NBC News couldn't say. But they sell nevertheless.
The price for the terabyte version isn't known, but your guess probably isn't far off. Still, it wasn't long ago that we were paying through the nose for one gigabyte. So if you really need to carry around that much data in your pocket but can't pay the price, just give it a year or two and see if it doesn't become a little more affordable.
Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.