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Samsung debuts Portable SSD T3, a 450MB/sec MacBook-ready USB-C drive with up to 2TB

Following up on its popular T1 solid state drive (SSD), Samsung today announced the Portable SSD T3, a tiny, shock-resistant sequel boasting faster speeds and a wide range of capacities. Unlike the T1, which used a USB 3.0 interface, the T3 uses USB 3.1 Type C connectors, which means it’s ready for direct connection to the latest 12″ MacBooks.

T3 also boasts read and write speeds of up to 450MB/second — much faster than typical external hard drives, and closer to the speeds of internal drives….

Offered in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB versions, the Portable SSD T3 is billed as “smaller than an average business card” and weighs under 2 ounces, despite including a new shock-resistant frame capable of withstanding 1500G of force and 2-meter drops.

It will be available in February; pricing has not yet been announced.


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  1. Tim LeVier - 7 years ago

    Love it. Now if we can get a 6 TB model for $299 – I’d be sold. But I’m content to wait up to another decade….

    • Jeremy Horwitz - 7 years ago

      6TB SSD for $299? Unless high-speed chips drop radically in price, you may have picked the correct waiting horizon. And by then, there will be 32TB SSDs as small as today’s 2TB models.

      • Spencer Balensiefer - 7 years ago

        I think that there will be 320TB SSD drives as small as this w/in a decade. Look at what amount micro-SD cards can hold. The drive above is mostly air, even at 2TB.

  2. Brendon Carr - 7 years ago

    Smaller than a business card, weighs less than two ounces, holds 2TB of your company’s most sensitive information and of course a little bit of pornography — look for the Samsung Portable SSD T3 forgotten and left behind in hotel bars, in the back seat of a taxi, or in an airport lounge near you!

  3. alexandereiden - 7 years ago

    Does that phone look not at all like the iPhone 6/6S? The only thing missing are the beveled corners… my gosh

  4. rtdunham - 7 years ago

    It’s encrypted and password protected. At least my T1 is.

  5. nelmat - 7 years ago

    That’s beautiful, a definite purchase – only thing I’d love to see is a pass through so you can continue to charge the macbook with it still attached. Not sure if this is possible or not, but it would make a great product perfect.