Just a few hours ago we updated our guide to external storage solutions connected to the Network, but we cannot ignore the different solutions for mobility such as the newly introduced SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe from Western Digital, a small portable flash drive that we can use on any computer or phone, with full compatibility for both Android and iOS devices, without the need for adapters.
This is because it integrates a double system with a Lightning connector and a USB-C 3.0 port, leaving behind the more classic previous units, exclusively equipped with a USB-A port. In this way, the iXpand Flash Drive Luxe can be used with most current laptops, smartphones of most brands, and even iPhones, which will facilitate the transfer of files between these devices without the need for an Internet connection. .
Although we will also have other useful functionalities thanks to the use of the iXpand Drive app, through which we can perform quickly and easily a backup of our devices automatically. In addition, this application will also allow us to add an additional privacy layer, being able to protect our files by means of a password in the case of iOS and Windows devices.
Of course, there are the usual requirements. In the case of the iPhone we will have the limitation for the most current models already equipped with these Lightning ports, in addition to the need to execute an operating system iOS 11 or newer to support the iXpand Drive app. However, starting with iOS 13, you should also be able to use the native iOS file app to move files.
For its part, with regard to Android devices, we will only need enable USB OTG connections to use external flash drives; while the compatibility with Windows will be full from the first moment.
Availability and price
Available now via the Western Digital website, we can currently find three storage variants for the iXpand Flash Drive Luxe, with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB options, which will vary respectively in prices from 45.99 euros, 70.99 euros and 130.99 euros (currently reduced to 104.99 euros).