Samsung’s New Portable SSD Is Tiny, Fast And Not Cheap

The Samsung Portable SSD T3 is an external solid state drive that is smaller than a business card, weighs 51 grams and comes with up to 2TB capacity.

You’ll get fast file transfers based on sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s with a USB 3.1 interface — up to four times faster than some alternative external HDD solutions.

“Samsung is committed to innovation in portable storage and have delivered an incredibly well designed SSD solution that is market leading in terms of form factor, capacity and transfer speeds,” said Todd Lynton, Director Business Solutions at Samsung Australia.

“Many Australians travel throughout the country for work and lead mobile lifestyles. The T3 delivers outstanding performance, storage capacity and durability without compromising on style or security due to an on-board encryption functionality.”

Unlike an external HDD, SSDs do not have moving parts, which makes them better protected from damage or data loss due to accidental bumps or drops. Featuring a new shock-resistant metal case and internal frame, the T3 can withstand up to 1500G of force and will survive a drop of up to two metres.

The drive’s integrated Thermal Guard prevents overheating in extreme temperatures, and the T3 comes with a three- year limited warranty.

Featuring an adopted USB 3.1 Type C connection, the T3 is compatible with a wide range of USB supported devices, including the latest Android smartphones and tablets, and computers with Windows or Mac OS. You can send data from the T3 to a PC and vice versa, access content on the T3 through compatible mobile devices, and view the drive’s multimedia content on large-screen devices such as TVs.

The T3 uses exFAT, a widely adopted file system, as its default file recognition format to create a seamless experience. The T3 also works with a brand-new Samsung Portable SSD Android mobile app which supports password changes and remaining capacity checks.

The drive has a simple set-up process and is equipped with AES 256-bit hardware encryption to ensure a high level of security and protection across Windows, Mac and Android OS based devices. Even if the drive should fall into the wrong hands, with a password set up, the data stored on it would be “virtually inaccessible” says Samsung.

The Portable SSD T3 is compatible with a range of Samsung smartphones and tablets including the newly released Galaxy TabPro S, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6.

You can get one at JB Hi Fi, Harvey Norman, Bing Lee and Officeworks for $1249 (2TB), $649 (1TB), $329 (500GB) and $199 (250GB).

This story originally appeared on Gizmodo Australia

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