The new Portable SSD T7 comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB versions and carries a three-year warranty, with an additional version adding a physical fingerprint reader while keeping the same aluminum chassis.
Both will feature a NVMe SSD drive paired with (most likely) sixth generation 136-layer V-NAND and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 bridge which, Samsung says, will deliver speeds of up to 1.05/1GBps in read/write performance.
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The touch version is expected to carry a premium on the non-touch version although the pricing of the latter units has yet to be announced; it should be released in May 2020. At $130 (500GB), $230 (1TB) and $400 (2TB), the T7 Touch costs between $30 and $50 more than the T5.
It is still far cheaper than other touch capable portable SSD like the Apricorn Aegis Bio 3 which costs almost three times more than Samsung’s newcomer but does come with additional security features like FIPS certification and a more ruggedised construction.
Most importantly though, it should be far faster than either of the previous generation or its closest rivals due to the move from SATA to NVMe.
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