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Samsung launches compact, external SSD with fast transfer speeds

Samsung has introduced Portable SSD T1, an external portable solid state drive (SSD) that sports a slim and compact design, is smaller than an average business card and weighs about 28.35gram. The device sports a black chrome metal coating and laser patterning intended to give it a premium look.

The drive works with both Windows and Mac systems using the exFAT file system so users need not reformat while using the drive with different computers.The Portable SSD T1 is powered by Samsung's proprietary 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology.

The drive has sequential read/write speeds of up to 450MB per second with a USB 3.0 super speed interface and random read/write speeds of up to 8,000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) and 21,000 IOPS respectively.

The write speed is comparable to that of an internal SSD and up to 100 times faster than an external hard disk drive (HDD), as per Samsung. The Portable SSD T1 has a data transfer speed four times faster than an external HDD and takes eight seconds to transfer a 3GB movie file and 27 seconds for a 10GB movie file compared to an external HDD which takes 26 seconds and 85 seconds, respectively.

Available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB storage capacities, the Portable SSD T1 will launch globally in 15 countries across the United States, European and Asian markets later this month. The starting price of the drive is $179.99.

"The Portable SSD T1 allows users to store their entire digital portfolio locally in one place, take it with them anywhere and have blazing fast access to their data, all without worrying about reliability or security," said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president of branded product marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. "Our digital lives demand storage that surpasses the limits of existing options, which require consumers to compromise, when it comes to mobility, capacity, security or performance. The Portable SSD T1 overcomes the drawbacks of alternative options on every major pain point, making it the next external storage device of choice."


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