A new solid-state drive by Samsung Electronics promises users up to two terabytes of storage in a form factor small enough to fit in the palms of their hands. Announced today, the Samsung Portable SSD T3 features built-in shock resistance to make it more attractive as an on-the-go method of transferring data between devices.
The T3 [pictured] is Samsung’s second model in its T line of portable SSD drives. Its first, the T1 drive, announced last January, offered up to 1 TB of storage space. Like its predecessor, the T3 also offers models in the 250-gigabyte and 500-gigabyte range.
Portable Storage for Enterprise Clients
“Following the successful worldwide launch of the Portable SSD T1 in 2015, we made several significant upgrades to the T3 based on the feedback and needs of our customers, which included content creators and business professionals in particular,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of brand product marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics.
“As such, the T3 delivers the outstanding performance, storage capacity and durability needed from an external storage device for today’s mobile lifestyle, without compromising on style or security,” Kim added. The company said it would be displaying the new drive at the company’s booth at CES 2016, taking place in Las Vegas starting tomorrow.
The company is pitching the T3 as a durable option for business users who need compact and lightweight portable storage devices. Unlike traditional hard disk drives, SSDs have no moving parts, making them less vulnerable to damage if they're dropped or bumped.
The T3 also features a new shock-resistant metal case and internal frame, which can withstand up to 1,500G of force and will survive a drop of up to two meters, according to the company. The drive also comes with heat protection to prevent it from overheating in extreme temperatures.
More Storage, More Weight, More Money
Like the T1 model, the T3 is compatible with both USB 2.0 and 3.0 protocols, but also adds compatibility with the faster USB 3.1 protocol. It also supports AES 256-bit encryption for high-level security across Windows, Mac, and Android devices. The drive is equipped with Samsung’s proprietary Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and SSD TurboWrite technology, promising transfer speeds of up to 450 MB/sec.
The T3 has a slim form factor much like its predecessor, coming it at 74 x 58 x 10.5 mm, small enough to be slipped into a pocket or carried in hand. However, the new model is considerably heavier than the T1, weighing 51 grams to the T1’s 30 grams.
In addition to the added weight, users can expect to pay up for the increased storage. Although Samsung hasn’t announced how much the T3 will sell for when it debuts in U.S. markets next month, it likely won’t come cheap. The T1 debuted at $600 a year ago, so users should plan to pay at least as much.