SanDisk Unveils New SanDisk Ultra II SSD—An Easy, Cost-Effective Solution to Supercharge Your PC

New Drive and Enhanced SSD Dashboard Deliver Better Performance, Durability, and Power Efficiency

Manila, Philippines, September 1, 2014 SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the new SanDisk Ultra® II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The new drive is designed to deliver a cost-effective and easy upgrade solution for PC owners looking to improve performance, battery life, and power efficiency. The enhanced SSD Dashboard provides visibility into the drive’s performance, security, and available firmware updates, to maintain peak performance at all times.

“We live in an era where we expect to have information at our fingertips anytime, anywhere, with technology that keeps us connected to both our personal and work lives on devices that won’t fail,” said Candy Gao, Country Manager, Hong Kong and Philippines, SanDisk. “The new SanDisk Ultra II SSD, together with the improved SSD Dashboard, provides consumers with an easy, affordable way to ensure that their PC can keep pace with their increasingly connected, information-driven lifestyle.”

Everything You Do On Your Computer, Faster

With the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD you can upgrade your hard disk drive-based PC to experience up to 28 times performance improvement1 and up to 15 percent longer battery life2.The drive features sequential read speeds of up to 550 MB/s* and write speeds of up to 500 MB/s*, allowing for faster boot up time and shorter application loads. Based on X3 NAND Flash technology, the SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes equipped with nCache™ 2.0 technology that utilizes a two-tiered caching architecture to optimize drive speed and endurance. The drive is also shock resistant, which keeps data safe even if the computer is bumped or dropped.

Easy to Use SSD Dashboard Monitors Drive Status and Management

The SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes with the enhanced SanDisk SSD Dashboard, which displays the drive’s performance, manual or scheduled TRIM, available firmware updates and tips on how to maintain the drive at its peak operation. Users can choose from 17 different languages and get assistance from “Live Chat” and “Ask a Question via Email” buttons. Additional value-added software features of the SanDisk SSD Dashboard include:

  • Cloning– Ability to create an exact replica of an old drive onto the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD in three easy steps with Apricorn’s EZ GIG IV.  With the cloning software, there is no need to re-install the operating system, programs or settings.
  • Theft Recovery– Created by Absolute Software, Absolute® LoJack is the leader in consumer data protection and theft recovery, providing a persistent solution that can locate a device if stolen and return it to the rightful owner.

“Consumers upgrading their PC for a faster experience with the SanDisk Ultra II SSD want the data migration process to be easy,” said Mike McCandless, vice president of sales and marketing, Apricorn, Inc. “We’re excited to partner with SanDisk to provide the Apricorn EZ Gig cloning software to SanDisk customers for simple data migration from slower hard disk drives. EZ Gig is available either through the new SanDisk SSD Dashboard software suite or within the SanDisk SSD Conversion kit and works with all SanDisk client SSDs.”

The SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes with a 3-year warranty and will be available online and through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in September. It will be offered in capacities of 120GB (SRP Php 4,350.00), 240GB (SRP Php 6,250.00), 480GB (SRP Php 11,900.00), and 960GB (SRP Php 23,500.00). For more information on the SanDisk Ultra II SSD, please visit www.sandisk.com/products/ssd/sata/ultra-ii.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world’s largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

* Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon drive capacity, host device, OS and application. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.

1 As compared to 7200 RPM SATA 2.5” hard drive. Based on published specifications and internal benchmarking

2 SanDisk SSD Deployment Whitepaper, 2013, see http://www.sandisk.com/goto/ssdupgrade/Downloads/SanDisk_SSD_Deployment_White_Paper.pdf

 

© 2014 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk and SanDisk Ultra are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the U.S. and other countries. nCache is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for technology and product introductions, product capabilities, costs and performance, markets and industry trends that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products may not be available when we expect or in the capacities that we expect or perform as expected, or the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the information contained in this press release.

 

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Lenovo Multi-Mode Devices to Satisfy the Wired Travelers’ Wanderlust

Frequent travellers are all too familiar with the pain points of travelling with technology, from bulky laptops posing inconvenience during security checks to gadgets being the cause of excess baggage weight. Fortunately for today’s jet-setters, personal technology leader Lenovo has developed a slew of handy multi-mode devices that enable them to stay connected and remain productive wherever they are.

“Lenovo’s latest touch-optimized multi-mode devices including the Flex 2, Yoga 2 Pro and Yoga Tablet have the right mix of portability and productivity to keep travelers connected, organized, and entertained while on the go. Defying norms and breaking the mold in traditional design, these devices address today’s wired wanderers’ irks like tray-table constraints, outlet outage, and limited connectivity, crystallizing Lenovo’s commitment to innovation in the PC Plus era,” said Michael Ngan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines.

Flex 2: Convenience and productivity embodied in a dual-mode machine

Featuring a comfortable keyboard and a stylish one-piece multi-touch touchpad with optional cool metal palmrest, the Flex 2 dual-mode laptop gives travellers touch-centric functionality and attention-grabbing 300° rotational capability, to keep them productive wherever they are. For killing time during arduous train journeys and plane rides, travellers can flip the keyboard by 300° to transition into Stand mode to view movies and riveting digital content in a whole new way. With the Flex 2’s HD widescreen display, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and Dolby Advanced Audio v2 technology, travellers get to enjoy a rich entertainment experience when playing games, listening to music, and watching movies. They can also count on the Flex 2’s optional dual array digital microphone for truer to life calls when using the 720p HD webcam to video chat with their friends and relatives back home.

Yoga 2 Pro: 360 degree rotation and multi-touch screen for extreme mobility

Unbelievably thinner and lighter than  before at 15.5 mm thin and 1.39 kg, the extra mobile Yoga 2 Pro multi-mode ultrabook gives a new meaning to “travelling light”, as users can enjoy four modes- laptop, tablet, stand, and tent- in one nifty package, sparing them the hassle of bringing several devices along to their vacation. Its 350-nit screen featuring IPS 178° wide angle viewing allows travellers to enjoy visual clarity and exceptional screen resolution from any line of sight, for a better movie and multimedia experience. With the Yoga 2 Pro’s motion control and voice control, travellers can easily navigate through a wide range of applications, so they get to multi-task even when they are on the go.

Yoga Tablet: Built to last for the long haul with 18-hour battery life

Equipped with 18 hours of battery life, an ergonomic handle, and a built-in adjustable kick-stand, the Yoga Tablet makes travelling seem effortless. From giving loved ones back home a glimpse of the sights they encounter in real time via its high-definition 8MP rear camera and catching the perfect viewing angle in their passenger seat with its hold, tilt, and stand modes, to reading e-books comfortably with automatic Smart Display, which adjusts screen brightness to ambient light conditions, and enjoying good music with Dolby® Audio speakers’ excellent sound quality, the Yoga Tablet covers travellers’ diverse requirements in a portable form factor that they can easily slip into their travel duffel bags. Aside from lasting for 18 hours, the Yoga Tablet’s battery can also double up as a power bank that allows users to recharge their phones without having to rely on power outlets.

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Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$39 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker in the world and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution.  Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

Lenovo goes South, opens 2 new Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Stores in Batangas

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – August 28, 2014: There’s only uphill progression for Lenovo as the company heads for South Luzon and opens two new Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Stores (LMES) in Batangas.

One of the two LMES is located at Level 2 in Robinson’s Place Lipa, and is owned and operated by Green Telecommunications Trading Inc. The other LMES is at the second floor of SM City Lipa in Batangas and is being operated by Presnet Cellphone Shop.

Latest data from the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed that over a thousand businesses have since flourished in the CALABARZON area, especially in Batangas. During the Calabarzon Trade and Industry Forum held earlier this year, Batangas has also been dubbed the next Metro Manila. Further giving the city strong potential for economic growth and stability are the presence of the Batangas Port plus three industrial parks in Tanauan City and in the towns of Sto. Tomas and Malvar.

“The CALABARZON area is one of the healthiest and most progressive economies among the regions in the country today, and it is just ideal that we put up our first Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Store in the area in Batangas. This is in line with our campaign to provide a variety of affordable and premium choices to our consumers which, of course, is being offered by Lenovo,” said Michael Ngan, Country General Manager of Lenovo Philippines.

The two newly-opened LMES will carry a variety of Lenovo smartphone products such as the latest A series which includes the A680, A859 and A526; the new Lenovo S Series such as the S660 and S860; and their premium flagship smartphone, the Lenovo S850. The two stores will also carry Lenovo tablet devices such as the newly launched A8-50 tablet as well as mobile accessories.

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Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker in the world and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution.  Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

New SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive Offers Exceptionally High Performance

The New Drive Offers Low-profile Design Ideal for Media Enthusiasts

Manila, Philippines, August 26, 2014SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the release of the high-speed SanDisk Ultra Fit™ USB 3.0 Flash Drive that delivers exceptional performance in a tiny form factor, while providing expanded storage for PCs and other devices. Media enthusiasts can now transfer a full-length movie in 40 seconds1, enjoy transfer speeds up to ten times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives2 and be confident the streamlined USB will offer reliable storage in minimal space.


“As a leader in the flash storage space, our goal has always been to deliver the best, most reliable products,” said Candy Gao, Country Manager, Hong Kong and Philippines, SanDisk. “While there are other USB 3.0 products on the market, SanDisk’s Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive offers consumers superior performance and impressive capacity in an extremely compact design.”

The SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive builds upon the success of the extremely popular Cruzer Fit™ USB flash drive, a strong player in the “plug and stay” category – using a low-profile, compact 2.0 USB solution to expand a device’s storage capacity. The SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 will offer an updated, modern design, as well as impressive increased performance to move media quickly between devices. It’s an ideal companion for notebooks, tablets, TVs, gaming consoles, car audio systems, and more. The 64GB and 32GB3 versions offer write speeds up to 10 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives, while the 16GB version offers up to 5 times faster write speeds than standard USB 2.0 drives2. All capacities provide up to 130MB/s read2 speeds, feature SanDisk SecureAccess™ software to keep private files safe with password protection and 128-bit encryption, and include a year’s subscription to RescuePRO® software4 to recover lost or corrupted files.

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive is now available in SanDisk’s network of authorized distributors and resellers in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities at an MSRP of Php 699.00, Php 1,299.00 and Php 2,639.00 respectively.

1 64GB & 32GB only: Based on 1.2GB MPEG-4 video transfer with USB 3.0 host device. Results may vary based on host device, file attributes and other factors.

2 Up to 130MB/s read speed. 64GB & 32GB: Write to drive up to 10 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives (4MB/s); 16GB: Write up to 5 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives (4MB/s); USB 3.0 port required. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending on host device. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.

3 1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.

4 Registration required; terms and conditions apply.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world’s largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

© 2014 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk and RescuePRO are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Cruzer Fit, SanDisk Ultra Fit, SanDisk SecureAccess are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for markets and products that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products may not be available in the capacities that we expect or perform as expected, or the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q and our annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the information contained in this news release.

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Media Contact:

Michael Diamond

SanDisk Corporation

408-801-1108

michael.diamond@sandisk.com

 

Primary PR Contact:

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Ardent Communications

Phone: +632 631-0407

Email: nicole@ardent.com.ph

A How-to Guide on Picking out Your First Smartphone

Why does choosing a smartphone these days seem so overwhelming? That’s because you’re drowning in a sea of information and devices and out of so many different products out there today – you only need to catch one fish.

There are a few important things to keep in mind before diving into getting your first smartphone. These three fail-safe  tips will help you swim and navigate through the mobile market and lead you to your first smartphone:

Step 1: Identify what you need

Figure out why you need a smartphone in the first place. These gadgets exist to serve specific audiences for specific purposes. Know your needs because they will help you weigh your options. Do you want to use it for browsing the Internet? For checking emails or to access social media sites?

Ideally, people buy a smartphone so that they can do more on-the-go. Some use it for business. Some simply like to take selfies and stay connected with friends. Others use it for entertainment – watch videos, play games, and listen to music.

Remember, be specific.

You can’t just say you want a smartphone that does everything. You need to narrow things down and focus. You may want a smartphone for watching videos. You may want to play games. By doing so, you can identify the specs for your needs.

For watching videos, a wide screen smartphone fits the bill. A 4.5-inch screen such as the Lenovo A516 provides a good movie experience with its 178-degree wide viewing angle. This smartphone has up to 23 hours of non-stop talking time. Half of your problem is solved.

The other half is to find one that will allow you to play graphics-intensive games like 3D racing or zombie survival action games. This means you need a smartphone that runs a heavy-duty CPU. A movie junkie/game addict will love the Lenovo A859. It sports a 5.5 inch screen display and runs on 1.3GHz quad core CPU with 4GB internal memory.

How does being specific help you? Eliminated from your list are all smartphones without the specs that you need. By now, you should have shortlisted your options.

Step 2:  Set a Budget

You want a smartphone that has more bang for the buck. Why? Because that’s your hard earned money. Now that you know the features you need, it is easier know your budget.

Don’t overspend. But don’t buy an entry-level device that you’ll regret later. Research and find out the price range of each smartphone on your list. You can do this over the Internet. Get the average price to have a rough estimate.

Set a budget that is reasonable for you.

More expensive doesn’t automatically mean more quality. There are affordable smartphones that don’t cut corners.

For instance, the Lenovo A269i gives you the basic functionalities of a smartphone but doesn’t break the bank. At PHP2,999, you get a dual-SIM smartphone powered by 1GHz dual core of CPU that runs Android Gingerbread, 256MB of RAM, 2 megapixel rear camera and 512 MB and 512 MB internal storage. There are a lot of affordable smartphones out there. You simply need to know where to look.

Now you have a budget for a smartphone with the desired specs. With this amount in mind, you have to eliminate candidates from your list that go way above your budget. Again, your choices will be cut down into few.

Step 3:  Get Acquainted with the Units

Now you are just a step away from your first smartphone. The deciding factor will all depend on your experience when you get acquainted with the units. Don’t neglect this part of the buying process. Go to a mobile store and check out the phones on your list. Make sure to play around with them. Know your future smartphone.

Take your time.

Figure out the physical features of the smartphone that you prefer. Does the phone comfortably fit your hand? If your hand is small, a smartphone that has 4-inch screen display may be more appealing to you. Are the keys and touch panels responsive? Perhaps the Lenovo A369i warrants your attention. Its 1.3GHz dual core processor will let you enjoy a speedy, smooth gaming and multi-tasking.

Do you like the overall look of the phone? See how it feels in your hand, in your pocket and in your purse. Find the right size for you. Check the ergonomics. Can your thumb or index finger reach the power button? Can you press the important buttons (if any)? Test these units. They will more or less give you an idea of its performance.

With these three steps to follow, picking your first smartphone should be simple and practical like the Lenovo A Series. It will give you “value for money” without compromising the quality. It will be your most valued accessory.

Good luck on your hunt!

 

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Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution.  Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information see www.lenovo.com.