January 4, 2016 Last Updated 12:05 pm

Samsung’s new Portable SSD T3 drives to offer up to 2TB of fast external storage

The developer/blogger/former publisher of the tablet magazine The Magazine, Marco Arment, tweeted that on his wish list for Apple this year is larger capacity internal SSD storage. He was reacting to the news that Samsung will be unveiling new Portable SSD T3 models of up to 2 TB.

samsung-ssd-400I think this is a good call because Apple only offers models of the iMac with 128 GB of Flash storage, then combines this with a 1 TB hard drive. Though these internal hard drives tends to spin up faster than external hard drives, they will still be slower than an SSD.

For me, someone who is pretty happy with my iMac despite it not being the latest model, adding fast external SSD storage is a good alternative.

Storage continues to be the Achilles’ heel of Apple products, especially iPhones and iPads – 32 GB is too low for a base model that purports to be industry leading. One would guess the reason Apple continues to be so cheap when it comes to storage is encourage buyers to spend that extra $100. No wonder Android users think iOS buyers are just… (add your insult here).

My first external hard drive was so small in size that it would be laughable today, but any extra storage for my PowerMac 8600, which came with 2 GB of hard drive storage, was an improvement.

Today, I no longer worry about a lack of storage, not with several terabytes of hard disk space available on my externals. Today, it is about how much storage you have in Flash storage – storage that does not require a disk to start spinning.

$700 is a lot of money to spend on an external drive, but if this is the cost of a 2TB SSD drive, I think some will think it worth the investment.

Here is Samsung’s press release for its new drives to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show:


SEOUL, Korea – January 5, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced the Samsung Portable SSD T3, a premium, palm-sized, external solid state drive (SSD) that offers multi-terabyte (TB) storage capacity. Equipped with Samsung’s proprietary Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and SSD TurboWrite technology, the T3 drive provides advanced performance, enabling consumers, 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 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. It’s the new portable external storage drive users can depend on in any situation or environment.”

Representing a major step forward for external, mobile storage, SSDs offer a truly dependable and versatile solution. Samsung is leading the market by offering a new 2TB T3 SSD, along with a wide range of capacity options including 250 gigabyte (GB), 500GB, and 1TB. Recently chosen as an honoree for the 2016 CES Innovation Awards, in the Wireless Handset Accessories category, the new T3 drive will be on display at Samsung Electronics’ booth (#11906) during CES 2016. The booth will be in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, from January 6 to 9.

External Storage with a New Level of Performance

With the rise of rich 4K content, consumers 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 blazing-fast 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*.

Mobility and Durability Suited for an On-the-Go Lifestyle

Designed specifically for today’s mobile lifestyle, the Portable SSD T3 is compact, lightweight and durable. The drive is smaller than an average business card and weighs a mere 50 grams approximately (less than two ounces), allowing users to easily carry large amounts of data with them anywhere.

Unlike an external HDD, the SSDs do not have moving parts and so the T3 is inherently 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, and the T3 comes with a three-year limited warranty.

Increased Compatibility and Data Security

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. Users can send data from the T3 to a PC and vice versa, access content on the T3 through 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 user experience. The T3 also works with a brand-new complementary Samsung Portable SSD Android mobile app which supports password changes and remaining capacity checks.

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

The Samsung Portable SSD T3 will be first launched in February, 2016 in countries including the United States, China, Korea and select European countries and will subsequently become available worldwide.

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