Samsung’s New T7 Touch External SSD Sports Built-in Fingerprint Reader, Twice the Performance

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Samsung is stirring up a surprising amount of SSD news here at CES 2020. Yesterday the company dropped its first PCIe 4.0 SSD, the 980 Pro. And today it took the wraps off the Portable SSD T7 Touch --  followup to its Portable SSD T5 -- which shifts to a faster USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface (and to an NVMe interface), allowing for rated sequential read speeds of 1,050MBps and writes of 1,000MBps--roughly twice the speed of the previous model.

The other major change with this drive is the addition of an integrated fingerprint reader built into the aluminum shell, adding a level of biometric security alongside its AES 256-bit hardware encryption. Like previous models, the T7 Touch will support Windows, Mac, and Android for moving big files between your devices. And at just 2 ounces and a third of an inch thick, it’s not going to take up much room in your pocket or backpack when on the go.

The drive will be available in black or silver at launch on January 21, although a Samsung rep told us that other colors will likely come later. The drive will be offered in capacities of 500GB ($129.99), 1TB ($229.99) and 2TB ($399.99), will ship with both USB-C and USB-A cables, and comes with a three-year warranty. There will be a non-touch T7 (without the fingerprint reader) coming later in the year that will presumably sell for less, though pricing on that model isn’t yet available.


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Capacity2TB / 1TB / 500GB
InterfaceUSB 3.2 (Gen 2, 10Gbps) with backward compatibility
Dimensions (L x W x H)85 x 57 x 8.0mm (3.3 x 2.2 x 0.3 inches)
Weight58 grams (2.0 oz)
Transfer SpeedUp to 1,050 MB/s
UASP ModeSupported
EncryptionAES 256-bit hardware data encryption
Security Password Protection S/W, Fingerprint Recognition
SoftwareSamsung Portable SSD Software 1.0
CertificationsCE, BSMI, KC, VCCI, C-tick, FCC, IC, UL, TUV, CB
RoHS ComplianceRoHS2
ColorsBlack & Silver
ConnectivityUSB type-C-to-C, USB type-C-to-A
WarrantyThree (3) Year Limited Warranty
Matt Safford

After a rough start with the Mattel Aquarius as a child, Matt built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last 15 years covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper, PCMag and Digital Trends.