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Last Updated: February 3rd, 2014

If you've never heard of Leef Bridge, it's an upcoming flash drive that doesn't discriminate between PCs and smartphones by having a USB port on one end and a MicroUSB port on the other. The company pushes the device as the quickest way to move files between a computer and a phone - and now it just got even faster. Leef Bridge has made the leap from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, which means zippier file transfers for anyone who picks up the flash drive once it goes on sale in January.

To be more specific, Leef Bridge is coming to store shelves on January 19th and will be exclusively available through RadioShack for 60 days. It will work with devices with USB OTG support that are running Android 4.1 or higher. Buyers won't have to deal with any proprietary software, so you can stick with whatever your file manager of choice is.

The 16GB model will retail for $19.99. The larger 32GB option will set you back $34.99, while the largest 64GB model will go for $69.99.

Leef Bridge 3.0a Leef Bridge 3.0b

Leef Bridge isn't the only device of its kind. Sony unveiled a similar product just last week, but like the prior iteration of the Bridge, it uses the slower USB 2.0.

To see if Bridge will be compatible with your device, view the lengthy compatibility list provided in the first source link below.

Update: A few photos of our own. This thing is small - much smaller than Leef 2.0!

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Left: Leef 3.0. Right: Leef 2.0

Source: Leef [1], [2]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • David Li

    its cheaper to buy a meenova microusb card reade rand an micro sdcard

    • Karan Pratap Singh

      Exactly! To upgrade storage all I need to do is to buy a new larger and faster micro sd card which are getting cheaper by the day!

    • Samvith V Rao

      Whoa! Meenova card reader is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

    • A_Noyd

      Yep, I have one of those, and it works on my Nexus 5 32GB.

  • ssj4Gogeta

    I do not think it has USB 3.0 for the micro USB port. The micro connector for USB 3.0 looks like this:

    • Mkvarner

      You're correct :)

    • BBXiong

      perhaps the PC side connection is USB 3.0, while the phone side, due to compatibility issue stayed microUSB 2.0. If they were to go microUSB 3.0 connector, only Galaxy Note 3 would be able to use it I believe

  • smeddy

    On balance I'll go with a 64gb microSD in my Note, but I like the concept a lot (I just like things converged into the phone more than remembering to carry it etc.)

  • MJ

    Their FAQ says Leef Bridge does not work with Nexus devices "...they not support OTG (On The Go), and does not supply sufficient power to run a USB drive" but lists the Nexus 5 (which I have) on the known compatible devices list???

    I am reading the Nexus 5 does have USB OTG support but does it have sufficient power for this? Not sure about the new Nexus 7 (which I also have)... Anyone know for sure?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Pretty sure I tried it on the Nexus 7 and it didn't work.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Note 3.

      • MJ

        Thanks for the info...

      • jason

        Needs to be rooted or you have to purchase NEXUS MEDIA IMPORTER (app)

        Nexus 4 is not supported

  • Dioselvis Caraballo

    Patriot had this kind of flash drives before Sony

  • Dioselvis Caraballo

    Patriot had this kind of flash drives before Sony and I think cheaper

  • steelew
  • steelew
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's the previous USB 2.0 gen.

  • psychoace

    Adata seems to have a nice one as well. $27 for 32gb's on Amazon. Pretty sweet deal.

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