Samsung’s new T1 SSD drive packs a terabyte in a very small package

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Samsung has announced a brand new portable SSD drive at its CES press conference this morning. And while we normally don’t cover Samsung’s memory division, I find this a spectacular piece of technology – mainly because it manages to fit up to one terabyte of storage in a pocket-sized device.

Samsung says that it is built with the same technology found in its internal SSDs, and will feature extremely fast read/write speeds up to 450MB/s with a USB 3.0 connector. It uses the exFAT file system to maximise compatibility with Windows and Mac. According the press release, it can transfer a 3GB movie file in eight seconds and a 10GB file in under 30 seconds. Of course, we can’t wait to see independent testing to see if that claim stacks up.

Other features include AES 256-bit hardware encryption, meaning that your files are secured if you do lose it; shock resistant to 1500G; and can survive in extreme conditions thanks to its Dynamic Thermal Guard.

The SSD T1 comes with a three-year limited warranty. It is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB storage capacities from US$179.99. No word on Australian availability.