Samsung has updated the M3 Portable and P3 Portable lines with 4 TB models
Samsung is calling “world’s first” with the launch of two external USB 3.0–powered drives that sport a 2.5-inch form factor and a massive 4TB of storage. More specifically, these drives measure just 0.78 inches thick (or thin) and weigh in at a mere 8.3 ounces, making them great for moving loads of data from one office to another.
“Previously only attainable in desktop or bulky multi-drive internal designs, we can now achieve a 4TB capacity in a compact drive thanks to the latest Samsung HDD technology,” said Dave Klenske, director of product line management, Samsung HDD. “By going to a single-drive solution, we can power the drive through just a USB connection while fitting it into a case that is only a 1/10 of an inch thicker than our 2TB drive.
These hard drives are offered in two flavors: the M3 Portable External Drive and the P3 Portable External Drive. The hardware specifications, thin as they are, seem to be the same, save for their appearance. The M3 Portable has a blocky, etched design whereas the P3 Portable has a thinner, smoother casing.
However, after taking a closer look at the specs, they reveal that the M3 Portable has a USB 3.0 transfer rate of up to 4.8Gb/s whereas the P3 Portable has a USB 3.0 transfer rate of 5.0Gb/s. Despite the USB 3.0 transfer rate and general appearance, both presumably have the same components as previously indicated.
With capacities ranging between 500GB and 4TB, the new drives should prove useful to customers with laptops who need more space than what the internal hard drive has to offer. Customers will also need a desktop or laptop with USB 3.0 ports if they want to take advantage of the blazing SuperSpeed transfer rates. Otherwise, the drives are compatible with USB 2.0 and older.
Currently, Samsung isn’t offering pricing details for the two drives, but said that they will be made available in late June. As a point of reference, Newegg is selling the P3 Portable external drives for $44.99 (500GB), $59.99 (1TB) and $89.99 (2TB).
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