“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 for the 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.”

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Samsung’s T1 is getting an update. Gone is the plastic, replaced with aluminium.

 

From a technical viewpoint, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of difference between this drive and the one we saw last year, with Samsung appearing to rely on the same drive technology here, and not the M2 PCIe SSD tech we saw at its South Korean launch last year.

This difference in technologies means you can expect read and write speeds up to 450MB per second, instead of the 1500MB to 2500MB per second speeds offered by Samsung’s other solid state technology.

In essence, the drive isn’t faster in the T3 version being announced this week, at least not from what we can see.

That said, the connection theoretically is, and if you have a USB 3.1 connection on your computer and phone, the transfer rate is technically capable of more speed, pushing from the maximum of USB 3.0’s 5Gbps speed all the way up to a theoretical 10Gbps, which translates to a real-world speed of 1.2 gigabytes (GB) per second.

We doubt the drive is going to bother with those speeds, specifically because Samsung’s information on the T3 suggests that it can only reach a maximum of 450MB/s, much like its T1 sibling, well in reach of what USB 3.0 can achieve.

Still, it’s a first step, and given Samsung has faster drives out for computers, it’s only a matter of time until it finds a way to bring those to the USB 3.1 interface.

Maybe even later this year.

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For now, expect Samsung’s T3 later this year, possibly to sit alongside the T1 for people who don’t have a standard USB port on their machine.