Samsung Releases Bigger, Yet More Rugged Tiny Portable T3 SSDs

Last year, Samsung released the SSD T1, a tiny external solid state drive packing in a lot more storage than your average flash drive — 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB. At CES 2016, Samsung released a new batch of SSDs called T3, and no, we don’t know what happened to T2 either.

Not too much has changed with the T3 drives. The main difference is in the casing — while the T1 was weather and extreme temperature-resistant, it was housed in plastic and didn’t feel like a piece of rugged tech. The T3 now has a metal frame that can survive drops of up to two meters, or about six and a half feet. It’s a bit thicker and heavier as a result, but it’s still easily pocket-sized. The other big change is the adoption of the USB Type-C reversible connector. Unfortunately, that means that if you don’t have a machine with a Type-C port, you’ll need an adapter.

While the T3 does now use the USB 3.1 standard, it looks like transfer speeds will be about the same as the T1 at about 450 MB/s, once again using Samsung’s Vertical NAND technology. Like last time, you have the option to password protect the drive the first time you use it, and you can also take advantage of AES 256-bit encryption for extra data security. By default, the drive is in exFAT format, making it instantly compatible with both Macs and PCs, in addition to Android (with a new companion app for file management).

For the T3, Samsung is adding a new 2 TB drive to the existing 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB options. They’ll be available in February in the United States, China, South Korea, and parts of Europe, but they’ll be available worldwide shortly afterward. Samsung hasn’t yet released prices.

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