Samsung Brings Blazing Speeds To External Storage With Portable SSD T1

External hard drives are pretty commonplace these days and are great for backing up large amounts of data, but now that prices of solid state drives have come down from the stratosphere, is there a market for external SSDs? That's a question Samsung intends to answer with its new Portable SSD T1, a rather stylish looking external SSD for faster backup chores on the go.

Granted, the price per gigabyte ratio still favors mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), though just as users are willing to pay a premium for superior performance on the desktop, Samsung is banking on that same philosophy applying to mobile storage.

The Portable SSD T1 line is available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities, or at least it will be when it launches globally later this month. Like Samsung's 850 EVO SSD line for desktops, these drives feature the company's proprietary 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, which allows for higher performance while keeping the costs down.

Samsung Portable SSD T1

These drives are built for speed with sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s when transferring data via USB 3.0, along with up to 8,000 IOPS of random read and up to 21,000 IOPS of random write performance. To put those figures into perspective, it would take just 8 seconds to transfer a 3GB movie file to the Portable SSD T1, or 27 seconds for a 10GB movie file.

To keep your data safe, the Portable SSD T1 line sports AES 256-bit hardware encryption. You can find the same feature on some external HDDs, though one other thing working in Samsung's favor here is that there are no moving parts, so there's less worry about wear and tear or accidental drops.

So, what will these drives set you back? Samsung says they'll start at $180 MSRP.