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Samsung’s new portable SSD comes with an integrated fingerprint sensor

Samsung has unveiled the latest in its Portable SSD lineup of external solid state drives, the Portable SSD T7 Touch. The name is a mouthful, but there’s a reason: The SSD T7 Touch comes with a fingerprint sensor built in to help keep your data secure, which is where the “touch” part of the drive’s name comes from. The new portable SSD also boasts transfer speeds nearly twice as high as the older model, the Portable SSD T5.

The T7 Touch can touch read and write speeds of 1,050 MB/s and 1,000 MB/s respectively thanks to the USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface, as long as you connect it to a PC or laptop that also has a USB-C port that supports the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard (which can be found on many mid-range and higher desktop motherboards and high-end laptops). The SSD also supports Android devices and should instantly show up on a Android smartphone or tablet as external storage when connected with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

Prices start at $129.99 for 512GB storage

The Portable SSD T7 Touch uses AES 256-bit hardware encryption to keep data secure in addition to the fingerprint sensor; it also comes with a “Motion LED” around the fingerprint sensor that glows to indicate the status of the disk. The drive will be available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB storage sizes later this month in 30 countries, with prices for the three storage variants set at $129.99, $229.99, and $399.99. Color options will include silver and black, and a version without the fingerprint sensor will also launch sometime in Q2 2020.

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