Kingston MobileLite Wireless is a Jack of two distinct trades. This device, which is roughly the size and shape of an iPhone 4, acts as a wireless SDHC/SDXC card reader (micro-SD adapter included), and a portable charger. It connects to smartphones over 802.11 n (150 Mbps) WLAN, with all modern security features at your disposal; letting you transfer files to any installed SD card. The device can share the card with up to three users simultaneously.
You can even plug your smartphone to the device' USB port, to give your phone an 'emergency' recharge. The device packs a 1,800 mAh battery, which may not give your device a full recharge, but should be good enough for 40~50% recharge on modern 4+ inch smartphones. Slated for May, the MobileLite Wireless is priced at $70.
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of MobileLite Wireless. MobileLite Wireless is the next generation of the innovative Wi-Drive portable wireless storage device Kingston released in 2011 for Apple and Android devices. The new reader is enhanced as it wirelessly streams movies, music, photos and documents from USB Flash drives, microSD (with included adapter) and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. MobileLite Wireless also serves as an emergency mobile charger when the user's phone battery gets low.
Kingston's new MobileLite Wireless is the ultimate companion to keep up with one's active lifestyle, giving users access to unprecedented mobile essentials at a great price. It is as easy as plugging in any USB Flash drive into the USB port to quickly watch and share movies or view and share files wirelessly on mobile devices. The SD/SDHC/SDXC slot enables fast, easy sharing of images with friends and family by removing the card from a camera and plugging it directly into the MobileLite Wireless. The included adapter allows the same access and sharing for microSD cards used in many mobile phones and tablets.
MobileLite Wireless also serves as an emergency backup battery charger to keep devices going longer. The charging feature works with most mobile phones as it charges them via the device's USB slot. MobileLite Wireless has a rechargeable battery which can handle up to five hours of continuous use as a wireless reader, easily handling long road trips.
MobileLite Wireless allows streaming and sharing of data with up to three users simultaneously. Like the Wi-Drive, the new device allows simultaneous connections to both device and router via Wi-Fi so, for example, one can stream music and browse the Internet at the same time. The MobileLite Wireless app is available now for Apple devices and soon for Android and Kindle Fire. Support for Windows Phone OS, Windows PC and Mac are forthcoming.
"When we released Wi-Drive, our customers loved the idea of storing and sharing content from a wireless device but wanted additional slots to plug in everyday items like USBs and cards. We listened to them through the entire process," said Craig Tilmont, wireless products business manager, Kingston. "MobileLite Wireless is really easy to use but just in case, we created videos and even a simple walkthrough tutorial when people first access the app. One thing people often forget is that Kingston offers free technical support. We are here to help people set it up if needed. I think once people give this product a try, they will recommend it to their friends."
The feature-rich MobileLite Wireless has a suggested price of $69.99 USD. It is available via e-tail in the United States at Amazon.com, and will be carried in the coming weeks at Staples retail locations. It will be available globally soon via a ramped regional rollout.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless Features and Specifications:
- Inputs for Storage: USB and SD ― reads SD, SDHC, SDXC and microSD (with included adapter)
- Dimensions: 124.8mm x 59.9mm x 16.65mm
- Weight: 98g
- Wireless Network Interface: Wi-Fi 802.11g/n with wireless security (WPA2)
- Rechargeable Battery: up to 5 hours of continuous use
- Battery: built-in Li-Polymer 1800mAh 3.7v
- Local Storage1: wirelessly transfer files to and from the MobileLite Wireless app and the MobileLite Wireless hardware
- Camera Roll support1: allows users to move photos from their mobile device to MobileLite Wireless in order to free up space
- Cable: USB to micro-USB cable included
- Operating Temperature: 0°C to 40°C
- Storage Temperature: -10°C to 45°C
- Guaranteed one-year warranty, free technical support
- Customizable Device Name (SSID): User selectable Wi-Fi priority list when there are multiple APN/Key available
- File Support2: MobileLite Wireless can store any file type. Playback and viewing are based on the files supported by the mobile device