CES 2020: Samsung Debuts New T7 Touch SSD With Fingerprint Sensor for Securing Files

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Samsung today announced the launch of its new Portable SSD T7 Touch, an SSD with 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage space.

According to Samsung, the SSD T7 Touch combines a sleek and compact design with the fastest transfer speeds that are offered by the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard.


Users can expect to see read speeds up to 1,050MB/s and write speeds up to 1,000MB/s, with the SSD T7 Touch coming in at twice as fast as the T5 and 9.5 times faster than external hard drives. It is able to reach its maximum speed when used with the NVMe interface.

Though it's faster, the SSD continues to weigh in at 58 grams, and it measures in at 3.3 by 3.3 by 0.3 inches, so it's pocketable.

The T7 Touch earns its "touch" name with the inclusion of a built-in fingerprint sensor along with password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The fingerprint sensor is able to recognize up to four fingerprints, which means it can be used collaboratively while still keeping files secure. Accessing data can be done by holding a fingerprint over the drive's casing to unlock it. There's also a built-in Motion LED that lets the user see the status of the device with a glance.


Samsung is offering the T7 Touch in silver or black and it comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities for $130, $230, and $400, respectively. It ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable, and is compatible with Windows and Mac.

Samsung plans to begin offering the Portable SSD T7 Touch later this month. Samsung will also launch an SSD T7 in the second quarter of 2020.

Article Link: CES 2020: Samsung Debuts New T7 Touch SSD With Fingerprint Sensor for Securing Files
 

outskirtsofinfinity

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Oddly, my SanDisk “Extreme Pro” Portable SSD reaches those read speeds via USB-C (no NVMe required). Not sure how they do it, but it works.
 

Marx55

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"Samsung will also launch an SSD T7 in the second quarter of 2020".

Which capacities? Will it be the "Samsung Portable SSD T7 Plus"? Hopefully, Samsung will release soon higher than 2TB capacity external portable SSD (4TB, 8TB and 16TB). No need for encryption here!
 
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now i see it

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now if someone could make something like this to back up an iPhone/iPad. Plug iPhone/iPad into drive, authenticate with fingerprint, begin backup.
 

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"Samsung will also launch an SSD T7 in the second quarter of 2020".

Which capacities? Will it be the "Samsung Portable SSD T7 Plus"? Hopefully, Samsung will release soon higher than 2TB capacity external portable SSD (4TB, 8TB and 16TB).
That is what I am hoping to see soon from Samsung -- I would so, so LOVE a 4 TB or an 8 TB external SSD!!!! I don't care about the touch thing, I want and need higher capacities!
 

justperry

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Weakest link in security/encryption is the Fingerprint scanner, trying to
decrypt a disk with AES 256 will take MUCH longer than trying to
hack/crack a fingerprint, me thinks 128 bit encryption would have been enough.
 

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I never thought I'd see the day when USB is faster than SATA... but yet here we are. It makes no sense to buy a SATA drive anymore; these 1000 MBps drives would be SATA-bus limited to 550 MBps. And by time the Samsung T9 comes out, we should all collectively be on USB4... 40 Gbps.
 

macintoshmac

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A storage device with a fingerprint sensor.. what could go wrong? I do hope there is a way around it in case that sensor malfunctions while under deployment.
 
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macduke

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I have a few T5 units and love them. These faster speeds look great! However, I was hoping for a 4TB model this year. I don’t need to upgrade my 2TB quite yet, but I was hoping to maybe pick up a 4TB model on sale by Cyber Monday later this year. It’s gonna be expensive.
 
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coolfactor

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Nice idea, but how well does the fingerprint sensor work? Can it be tricked?

I will never consciously buy a product with Samsung branding on the outside, but thanks for breaking the ice on this, Samsung! I'll watch for your competitors to offer the same features! 🤣
 

007p

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"Samsung will also launch an SSD T7 in the second quarter of 2020".

Which capacities? Will it be the "Samsung Portable SSD T7 Plus"? Hopefully, Samsung will release soon higher than 2TB capacity external portable SSD (4TB, 8TB and 16TB).
Yeah slightly disappointed this didn’t go up to 4tb finally.
 

Shirasaki

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In the meantime, I am still using a 1TB Samsung EVO TLC SATA SSD. 600MB/s. If only the NVMe shield on my computer is easy to remove. 128GB is too small.
 

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I'm still rocking the T1 1TB Samsung portable SSD and its fantastic

Got it in 2015 and NEVER let me down, unlike the many HDD's which seemed to always mess up!!!