Sony unveils USB flash drive aimed at smartphones and tablets

Sony has taken the wraps off a USB flash drive aimed at smartphones and tablets. In the days of the cloud, Sony thinks users still want to use hardware to transfer media between devices.

The "2-in-1 flash drive" has a USB connector on one end and a microUSB on the other, and it is able to take files from a desktop to mobile phone, and vice-versa. 

Sony is marketing the most ideal use for the flash drive: the ability to use it as additional or temporary storage for smartphones and tablets. This is perfect for viewing large movie files that you don't want to load through a microSD card if the card full or you are not able to stream over 3G. 

Sony's flash drive for smartphones and tablets will be available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB storage options. The drives are compatible with Android devices running version 4.0.3 to 4.3 (Android 4.4 support is planned), according to Sony. A File Manager app will be made available through Google Play that will enable users to copy, delete, playback and sort files.

The drives won't be made available until January 2014, priced at $19.99 {£12}, $29.99, and $62.99, depending which storage option you choose.