First Look: Samsung T3 Portable SSD

CES 2016 is almost here and Samsung introduced yesterday a new version of its portable tiny and fast SSD called T3 with some interesting new features.

Last year Samsung introduced its first portable SSD – the T1 – it came with a capacity of up to 1TB and a tiny form factor. This year Samsung is introducing the second generation drive – with a pretty similar form factor but metal body (unlike the plastic of the T1) it has a new shock absorbing system (which is rated at falls from up to 2 meters / 6 feet) and includes USB Type C connector (with USB 3.1 Type C to Type A cable so you can use most modern computers with it).

The tiny new T3 over a smartphone

ssdt3_secS02Even more importantly for many users – the T1 came in capacities of up to 1TB while the new T3 comes at a max capacity of 2TB (smaller versions will be available as well) which is pretty impressive considering the size of this unit. The T3 also comes with AES 256-bit hardware encryption if this interest you and weighs just 51 grams.

As for performance – this unit is not necessary much faster than the older generation and Samsung claims that with USB 3.1 supported devices it can reach 450 MB/s read/write speeds.

Pricing was not announced but the unit will be available starting March 2016 (the current T1 sells for $377 for the 1TB version).

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