Samsung is now packing up to 2TB of speedy V-NAND in its new T3 portable drive

Samsung already offers a 2TB SSD drive for those who want fast internal storage, but what if you wanted a portable drive instead? Well, the answer is the company's new T3 portable SSD drive, which is the successor of the Samsung T1 that was announced last year.

Samsung announced the new portable drive at CES 2016, and if you look at the general specifications, it is very similar to the T1. It is capable of achieving 450MB/sec in sequential reads and writes, measures 74 x 58 x 10.5mm, weighs just 51 grams, and is shock resistant up to 1500G - which means that you can drop it on a hard surface and not worry that your data will be lost.

The new T3 comes in a metal enclosure with a matte finish, which gives it a very premium look and better durability, and is a welcome upgrade from the shiny plastic used for the T1. It comes in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB versions, and supports AES 256-bit hardware encryption, which means security with little performance impact.

The Samsung T3 supports USB 3.1 (only gen 1, judging from the specifications), has a USB Type C connector, and is also compatible with Android, in case you are shooting 4K video with your smartphone, or manage it from a dedicated app.

The portable drive comes with a 3-year limited warranty, but pricing has yet to be revealed. Judging from the T1's price at launch, it will likely be a premium, especially for the 2TB T3. Don't let that discourage you, as you can now buy the T1 (still excellent value) at a pretty nice discount.

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