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Samsung’s new Portable SSD X5 will deliver transfer speeds of up to 2,800MB/s

By Kenny Yeo - on 28 Aug 2018, 8:27pm

Samsung’s new Portable SSD X5 will deliver transfer speeds of up to 2,800MB/s

(Image source: Samsung)

Samsung has just unveiled a new portable external SSD. It is called the Portable SSD X5 and it is the company’s fastest portable external SSD yet.

The Portable SSD X5 is Samsung’s fourth portable external SSD after the Portable SSD T1, Portable SSD T3, and last year’s Portable SSD T5.

The Portable SSD X5 is a huge step up from Samsung’s previous portable external SSDs, hence the new X5 name.

The Portable SSD X5 is notable because it is their first NVMe-compliant Thunderbolt 3 portable external SSD.

With Thunderbolt 3 support comes prodigious speeds. Since Thunderbolt 3 has a maximum bandwidth of 40Gbps, the Portable SSD X5 will support read speeds of up to 2,800MB/s and write speeds of up to 2,300MB/s. According to Samsung, transferring a 20GB 4K video will take just 12 seconds.

(Image source: Samsung)

The Portable SSD X5 comes in an all-metal enclosure has a non-slip base. It also has a shock-resistant internal frame that allows the X5 to surface drops of up to two meters. Internally, there’s also a heatsink that protects the drive from overheating during sustained loads.

Like all Samsung portable external SSDs before it, the Portable SSD X5 comes with the Samsung Portable SSD Software that enables password protection and configuration of security settings. The X5 employs 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

The Samsung Portable SSD X5 is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and is priced at S$599, S$999, and S$1,999 respectively. It will launch on 17 September but pre-orders will begin on 1st September and will run to the 5th on Hachi.tech and Lazada Singapore.

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