AT CES 2015, Samsung has announced the Portable SSD T1, available in three capacities and available here in the UK later this month.
With dimensions of just 71mm x 53.2mm x 9.2mm (W x D x H), the Portal SSD T1 is smaller than a standard business card. It weighs no more than 30g, so it's very much a pocket-friendly companion. The SSD T1 is housed in a sleek casing with rounded edges, a black chrome metal coating and laser patterning.
The Samsung SSD T1 is available in 250GB, 500GB and even 1TB capacities. Pricing has only been confirmed for the 250GB model so far, and that's £154.79 including VAT. All models come with a three-year limited warranty.
The new portable drive utilises the USB 3.0 interface (it's backwards compatible with USB 2.0 of course) and has a built in micro connector. A short, flat, black cable is supplied with the drive, which is compatible with both Windows and Mac since it uses the exFAT file system.
Details are thin on the ground as to the hardware inside, but we do know it uses Samsung's 3D V-NAND, which has been used to great success in both the SSD 850 PRO
and SSD 850 EVO
. Naturally, there are no moving parts, and the SSD T1 is said to be shock resistant up to 1,500G/0.5ms. The drive also features Dynamic Thermal Guard, which will throttle write performance if it becomes too hot until a safe operating temperature is reached. Samsung's press materials say the SSD T1 can 'withstand even the toughest elements
', but it is not actually water of fire-proof, for example.
Samsung says the SSD T1 is capable of up to 450MB/sec sequential reads and writes – here it is almost certainly limited by the USB 3.0 interface. It can also do up to 8,000 IOPS for random reads and up to 21,000 IOPS for random writes. Depending on the workload, the SSD T1 is also said to be up to 100 times faster than an external, mechanical HDD. It gives the examples of the SSD T1 transferring 3GB and 10GB movie files in eight and 27 seconds respectively, compared to 26 and 85 seconds respective for an external HDD, though no other details of this test were supplied.
Users concerned about drive and data security can utilise the AES 256-bit hardware level encryption to protect the entire drive from unwanted access. Samsung says users will be able to select a security option during the initial registration process and that the drive will have an 'intuitive user interface
', though no further details of any accompanying software packages were provided.