Samsung Electronics has unveiled the T5 EVO, a portable Solid-State Drive (SSD) that takes external storage to the next level. The T5 EVO boasts a staggering 8 terabytes (TB) of capacity, making it one of the largest capacity commercially available portable SSDs on the market. The T5 Evo is a compact, high-capacity device that has been designed to offer lightning-fast transfer speeds, durability, and data protection that excels over older mechanical technology.
Samsung’s Vice President of the Memory Brand Product Biz Team, Hangu Sohn, explained the significance of this innovation, saying, “For consumers seeking an alternative to traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), the T5 EVO is an innovative, new external storage option. With up to 8TB of capacity, rapid speeds, a compact design, and data protection against external shocks, it caters to users who need convenient access to their data on the go.”
The T5 EVO’s USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface delivers data transfer speeds up to 3.8 times faster than traditional external HDDs, making it the perfect match for any photographer or videographer looking for a storage solution in the field. What makes this drive stand out is the capacity while still offering impressive sequential read and write speeds of up to 460 megabytes per second (MB/s).
The T5 EVO adopts a “Compact and Light Ergonomic” design philosophy that we have seen the T5 series utilise over the years, making it a great choice for many professionals as a direct-on-camera storage solution.
The T5 Evo has been engineered to provide a performance and ergonomic design that deviates from conventional business card-sized SSDs. Measuring just 95mm in width, 40mm in length, and 17mm in thickness, it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Despite its compact size, it offers 8TB of storage, making it both compact and roomy. Weighing just 102 grams, its design instils confidence in its sturdiness.
Design the T5 EVO boasts a sleek black body with a titan grey ring, lending it a premium and modern aesthetic that blends seamlessly with host devices that feature a grey colour scheme. The device’s metal body and rubberised surface provide exceptional protection against external shocks, including drops from heights of up to two meters.
The T5 EVO’s capacity of up to 8TB allows you to store large files, high-resolution videos, photos, and games with ease. It’s a versatile solution for both work and home, capable of accommodating more than 2 million 3.5-megabyte (MB) photos, 1.8 million 4MB music files, or 3,500 2-gigabyte (GB) videos on an 8TB device. For professionals, 8TB of SSD storage means that you should be able to download and store your day’s footage or photos onto this single device.
Samsung places a strong emphasis on data safety with the T5 EVO. It employs thermal guard technology to prevent overheating and maintain optimal operating temperatures, ensuring compliance with international safety standards. Additionally, the T5 EVO supports Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit hardware data encryption, providing users with peace of mind when it comes to data security.
The T5 EVO offers extensive compatibility with various operating systems and host devices, including macOS, Windows, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles. Samsung provides user-friendly Magician software, offering a range of drive management features such as real-time drive health checks, genuine authentication checks, performance benchmarks, and firmware updates.
Price and Availability
Available in 2TB, 4TB, and 8TB sizes, the T5 EVO comes with a USB Type-C-to-C cable and includes a three-year limited warranty. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) are £159.99 for the 2TB, £294.99 for the 4TB, and £538.99 for the 8TB. The T5 EVO will be available in December, ushering in a new era of high-capacity, high-speed portable storage.
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Samsung Portable SSD T5 EVO Product Specifications
Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
Capacities: 2TB, 4TB, 8TB
Dimensions: 40 x 95 x 17mm
Weight: 102 grams
Sequential Read: Up to 460 MB/sec
Sequential Write: Up to 460 MB/sec
Durability: Drop Resistant – Up to 2m
Security: AES 256-bit hardware encryption
Software: Samsung Magician Software