Samsung Announces Portable SSD T3 That’s Smaller Than a Business Card 

Samsung Electronics has announced the Portable SSD T3, a premium, palm-sized, external solid state drive that offers multi-terabyte storage capacity.

Equipped with the company’s proprietary Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and SSD TurboWrite technology, Samsung said the T3 drive provides advanced performance, enabling content creators, business and IT professionals to quickly and easily store and transfer large multimedia content across a variety of devices.

“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 at Samsung’s memory business. “As such, the T3 delivers the outstanding performance, storage capacity and durability.”

Samsung said it is leading the market by offering a new two terabyte T3 SSD, along with a wide range of capacity options including 250 gigabyte (GB), 500GB and 1TB. The new T3 drive, to be available in February, was first shown at CES 2016.

With the rise of rich 4K content, Samsung said users are increasingly relying on external storage solutions, while seeking faster data transfer speeds and large capacity on multiple devices. The T3 solves these concerns by enabling file transfers based on sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s with a USB 3.1 interface, which is up to four times faster than alternative external HDD solutions.

The Portable SSD T3 is compact, lightweight and durable. The drive is smaller than an average business card and weighs 50 grams approximately (less than two ounces), allowing users to easily carry large amounts of data with them anywhere.

The drive is better protected from damage or data loss due to 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 meters. The drive’s integrated Thermal Guard prevents overheating in extreme temperatures. It 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. It uses exFAT, a widely adopted file system, as its default file recognition format.

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