USB-C devices are proving popular in the run up to CES 2016, as Samsung today announced the portable SSD T3, a tiny, shock-resistant USB-C drive, perfect for use with Apple’s 12-inch USB-C equipped MacBook. The T3 boasts read/write speeds of up to 450MB/second, up to 4x faster than traditional external drives.
“Following the successful worldwide launch of the Portable SSD T1 in 2015, we made several significant upgrades to the T3 based on the feedback and needs of our customers, which included content creators and business professionals in particular,” said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “As such, the T3 delivers the outstanding performance, storage capacity and durability needed from an external storage device for today’s mobile lifestyle, without compromising on style or security. It’s the new portable external storage drive users can depend on in any situation or environment.”
The T3 will boast a shock-resistant metal case and internal support frame, and will be available in 250GB / 500GB / 1TB / 2TB capacities, weighs just 51 grams for the 2TB model, and and is roughly the size of a business card.
The T3 can withstand up to 1500G of force and will survive a drop of up to two meters. The drive’s integrated Thermal Guard prevents overheating in extreme temperatures, and the T3 comes with a three-year limited warranty. The drive is equipped with AES 256-bit hardware encryption for a high level of security and protection with Windows, Mac OS X, and Android devices.
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 Drive will be available in February, pricing has not yet been announced.