Samsung introduced their new T-series of portable SSD storage/backup hard drives today on October 3. Samsung T9 Portable SSD is being released later this month, on October 16:
We can see by the design that they are in the now very recognizable Samsung T-family of portable SSD storage, even though the wave design pattern has changed from horizontal to crossed, but the benefit of enhanced grip should still be there.
Whenever I see the press renders for these, they always look so big. But in reality they are only about the size of 1/3 of an average smartphone these days, and can fit into a pocket. The new T9 weighs 122 grams, and is 88mm long, 60mm wide, and 14mm thick, so most chocolate bars are bigger than this.
Like the Samsung T7 Shield before it, the new Samsung T9 is shock prof with drop resistance up to 3m. I wouldn’t wan to try that, but it says something about the confidence Samsung has in these.
What matters on the operating side though is that it has USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 support, with both read speeds and write speeds just about matching each other with 2,000 MB/s read speeds on all, as well as 2,000 MB/s write speed on the 4TB version. The 2TB and 1TB versions are close though, with a write speed of 1,950 MB/s.
Anyone who does a lot of video backups or transfer of videos for some project these days will appreciate these features and speeds.
They feature AES 256-bit hardware encryption and are compatible with at least Windows, macOS, and Android. Though it would be hard to find any kid of smartphone, tablet, or other computer that would not be compatible with the T9.
Th port is also a standard USB-C port. However, many people have had problems with their backup storage over the years. And in many cases, it’s actually down to people unknowingly not using a fully compatible cable.
It looks like Samsung understands this well, because they have included two cables with the T9 hard drive. One USB-C to USB-C cable, and another USB-C to USB-A cable, when they could have just added a dongle adapter with one cable. So always take good care of your original cables.
– Tom Bowen