Samsung has just revealed its first-ever NVMe-based portable SSD – the Portable SSD X5. Targeted at the pros and content creators, the scorcher of a drive reads at up to 2,800MB/s and writes at 2,300MB/s (2,100MB/s for 500GB model).

Combined with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3, you can transfer a 20GB file in just 12 seconds. Thunderbolt 3 is four times faster than USB 3.1. With read speeds of 2,800MB/s, the X5 is 5.2X faster than SATA-based SSDs.

These speeds will come in handy for content creators who work on 4K video files and high-resolution photos. The X5 is designed for Macs and PCs with Thunderbolt 3 ports, and does not work with regular USB 3.1.

Samsung Portable SSD X5Samsung Portable SSD X5Samsung Portable SSD X5The pocketable drive weighs just 150g and has a supercar-inspired full-metal design. It features a shock-resistant interior frame that can survive accidental drops of up to 2m. It has Dynamic Thermal Guard technology and a heat sink to safeguard it from overheating. It also features data protection with AES 256-bit hardware encryption.

Samsung Portable SSD X5;The X5 goes on sale starting 3 September and retails for USD400 (500GB), USD700 (1TB) and USD1,400 (2TB).

Each drive carries a three-year limited warranty.


Key Specifications

Category Samsung Portable SSD X5
Capacity 2TB/1TB/500GB
Interface Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps)
Dimensions (LxWxH) 119 x 62 x 19.7 mm (4.7 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches)
Weight 150 grams (5.3 oz.)
Compatibility H/W) Macs and Windows PCs with Thunderbolt 3 ports (Not backward compatible / Not compatible with PCs only with USB interface)
O/S) MacOS Sierra (10.12) or higher
Windows 10 64 bit RS 2 or higher
Performance Up to 2,800 MB/s sequential read speeds
Up to 2,300 MB/s sequential write speeds (500GB: up to 2,100 MB/s)
Encryption AES 256-bit hardware encryption
Security Samsung Portable SSD Software
Password protection (optional)
Certifications CE, BSMI, KC, VCCI, C-tick, FCC, IC, UL, TUV, CB
RoHS Compliance RoHS2
Warranty Three-Year Limited Warranty
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Source: Samsung


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