Samsung T3 Portable SSD Reaches 2TB

Exactly one year ago, Samsung released the Portable SSD T1, a pocket SSD designed for external storage use by multimedia professionals and performance enthusiasts. The drive was so small and so light that users actually complained because they couldn't feel the drive while it was in a pocket. Measuring just 2.8 x 2.09 x 0.36 inches, the 250 GB SSD T1 weighed less than an ounce. That posed a risk to the all-plastic case Portable SSD T1 with some users. The drives were easy to damage if you sat on them.

The New Portable SSD T3 ships in four capacity sizes: 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and a new 2 TB capacity that is new for the series. The metal case design takes the same shape as the previous T1 model but adds a little more weight and strength. The new Portable SSD T3 also receives an interface upgrade to USB 3.1 Type-C. The Type C connector has already gained acceptance across a wide range of product categories, from PCs and Macs to smartphones and tablets.

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CategorySamsung Portable SSD T3
Capacity250 GB / 500 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB
Dimensions(L x W x H)74 x 58 x 10.5 mm
Weight51 Grams(Less Than 2 Ounces)
Transfer SpeedUp to 450 MB/s Sequential
UASP ModeSupported
EncryptionAES 256-bit Hardware Encryption
SecurityPassword Settings (Optional)
RoHS ComplianceRoHS2
WarrantyLimited 3-Year

The Portable SSD T3 products ship preformatted in exFAT for wide system support and incorporate AES 256-bit hardware encryption for a high level of data security across Windows, Mac and Android based devices. The Portable SSD T3 supports mobile operating systems so you can quickly and easily transfer files, like large photo collections, off of smart devices.

This is just the first of many flash-based products we expect to see from Samsung in 2016 with new 48-layer 3D V-NAND technology. The move from 32 to 48 stacked layers allows Samsung to produce new higher-capacity products while also reducing the manufacturing costs of existing capacity products.

If the Portable SSD T3 uses the same mSATA SSD as the previous T1 model, this could be a precursor to a new 2 TB mSATA SSD in the 850 EVO product family. The T1 preceeded Samsung's 850 EVO mSATA SSDs in 2015.

Samsung stated the Portable SSD T3 will begin shipping in February, 2016 in the United States, China, Korea and selected European countries.

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Chris Ramseyer
Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews consumer storage.
  • tomc100
    Hopefully, they will make an affordable 2TB desktop SSD this year that is less than $300.
  • Davinlevey
    That's reaching for the stars, their 1tb is over 300.
  • photonboy
    2TB for $300USD by end of 2016 is possible. Not necessarily Samsung, but someone.
  • Wyatt232
    If only it was that cheap here in Australia for the 1tb model XDD ...My 500gb 850 evo was $299 and that was cheap in comparison to the other ssds..
  • hannibal
    It depends on competition. At this moment there is no need to reduce the price. We need 3d nand From another companies to push down the costs to customers!
  • stevenrix
    It will be closer to US $750.
  • alidan
    It depends on competition. At this moment there is no need to reduce the price. We need 3d nand From another companies to push down the costs to customers!

    there is a chace once competition comes in from other with 3d stacking, we will see ssds fall to the prices of current hdd levels for storage, or damn near that.