One of Samsung’s latest products is claiming honors on the floor of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show – and it can fit into your pocket. The Samsung Portable SSD T1 – which will launch later this month in 15 countries, including the U.S. – provides an alternative to external hard drives, via its incredibly small size.
Although powered by Samsung’s 3D V-NAND tech, the SSD T1 is no larger than a business card. In fact, it only weighs roughly one ounce. The device, which sports USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, will be available in three sizes 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB. As for the data itself, it’s protected by AES 256-bit encryption hardware, to ensure that whatever is stored on the device – be it pictures, videos, documents or anything else – remains safe.
According to the manufacturer, speed has not been sacrificed for style. Despite its tiny frame, the SSD T1 is said to outclass the average external hard drive in almost every way: It can transfer data at roughly 450 MB/second, which Samsung notes is roughly four times faster than the average external HDD. A 3 GB movie, for instance, should transfer to the device within eight seconds.
When the SSD T1 hits shelves next month, prices will start at $179.99. That’s a steep price for something that can fit into the fold of a business card, but if you’ve been searching for an alternative to bulky external hard drives, then Samsung’s latest may be your answer.