CES 2020: Samsung Launches an External SSD with Fingerprint Scanner Built-in
This year at CES, we have seen many innovative products and prototypes from all sorts of brands from all around the world. In one of our previous articles, we’d shared news about Samsung’s new, almost bezel-less 8K QLED TV. And look likes Samsung is not stopping just with TVs. We have seen many launches from Samsung, such as a vertical TV, a tennis ball size robot called Ballie, Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, and more. One such product from CES is an external SSD. Samsung is known for its cheap and powerful SSDs – both internal and external. Samsung is calling this new SSD T7 Touch; it is a successor of popular T5 external SSD from Samsung. What is so exciting about the new Samsung T7 Touch? Well, it has a fingerprint reader built-in for extra security. While most SSDs generally focus on transfer speed and storage capacity, Samsung went a step further in securing files in the drive. The built-in fingerprint assures that your personal files stay locked and secure from prying eyes.
Samsung says the new T7 Touch can store up to 5 fingerprints, which means you can share your drive with others as long as they have their fingerprint registered. There is also an addition of an indicator LED that glows when the drive is connected and/or transferring data. This is a good addition that most SSDs should have.
Samsung has also taken steps to make the drive safe from physical drops. The body of the SSD is now a solid aluminum chassis. Samsung says it can survive drops from up to 2 meters. Despite all these physical changes and additions, the drive remains very lightweight with just 58 grams. Kudos to Samsung for keeping it light while making all these wonderful additions.
Samsung T7 touch is not just about these physical changes and addition. Samsung has made many changes to actual SSD here to make it faster. It uses the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard to deliver faster transfer speed. According to Samsung, the new T7 Touch can now write at 1,000MB/Sec speed and read at 1,050MB/Sec speed. This is twice as faster as its predecessor T5 SSD and almost 9.5 times than HDD.
For connectivity, this drive has a USB-C port which can be connected with computers and smartphones via USB-C to USB-C or USB-C to USB-A.
Unlike most products launched by Samsung at CES 2020, we actually know when this device is going to hit the shelves. The T7 Touch will be available for purchase later this month. T7 Touch is offered in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB sizes and going to cost $129.99, $229.99, and $399.99, respectively.
There is also another variant of this SSD, it is called T7, and it has everything T7 Touch has minus the fingerprint reader. The T7 is set to release in Q2 2020.
What do you think of these new SSDs from Samsung? I personally think it is a great product. What kind of SSD do you use? Let us know in the comment section below. For more news from CES, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.