Samsung unveils portable SSD T5 with 540 MBps speed

Samsung has unveiled a new SSD that’s only slightly smaller than a business card. The portable SSD T5 comes with up to 2 TB of storage, and it’s pretty fast.
The new Portable SSD T5 has speeds of up to 540 MBps and includes a USB-C to USB-C cable. Samsung also threw in a USB-C to USB-A cable for those who want backward compatibility. That’s the kind of speed paralleling Samsung’s SATA SSDs, so expect snappy performance when reading or writing files. Samsung says its Portable SSD T5 writes and reads up to 4.9 faster than typical HDDs, so transferring 4K videos, will be much quicker.
It’s also nice that the enclosure looks premium, with a “metal minimalism” design approach, as Samsung puts it. The rounded unibody form factor, which the company says fits in the palm of your hand perfectly, comes in two colours: “alluring blue” and “deep black.” The blue one offers either 250 or 500 GB of storage, while the black one offers 1 or 2 TB.
It’s just the size of a business card? Since SSDs don’t require physical disks for storing data, companies have leeway to make them smaller and more compact. That seems to have been Samsung’s decision, and the result is stunning.
It’s also pretty sturdy. Samsung says it can handle accidental drops of up to 2 metres. Software-wise, the SSD offers optional password protection with AES 256-bit hardware encryption. It comes with three years of warranty service too.
The Portable SSD T5 is compatible with numerous devices, including smartphones and tablets. It will work with some Galaxy-branded phones and tablets and also across several devices from ZTE, Sony, Vivo, LG, Lenovo, Huawei and more.
As for PCs, the SSD works on devices running Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.9 or higher.
The 250 GB model starts at $129.99, and as with any SSDs, the price climbs higher as the storage capacity goes up. Expect to pay $799.99 if you’re getting the 2 TB variant.
Expect SSD prices, in general, to come down as more people transition to it, the same thing that’s happening to 4K TVs — they used to cost a fortune, but now you can probably get one within your budget.

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