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Samsung Introduces T5 EVO Portable SSD


New portable drive offers faster speeds, more durability and higher reliability than external hard disk drives (HDDs) in a compact form factor that fits in the palm of your hand
Get up to 8TB capacity with up to 3.8 times faster transfer speeds than external HDDs

Samsung Electronics America today unveiled the T5 EVO, a light-weight and portable Solid State Drive (SSD) that provides up to 8 terabytes (TB) of capacity, the largest capacity currently available on the USB portable SSD market. The drive is perfect for anyone looking to shift from hard disk drives (HDDs) to SSDs. Along with its capacity, the T5 EVO delivers solid speeds in a compact and durable design, making it ideal for those looking to store and access files, photos, videos and more.

person editing video on computer with Samsung SSD T5 EVO

The T5 EVO joins the award-winning Samsung portable SSD portfolio, providing another great option for high-capacity storage alongside the T7 Shield, for adventurers seeking extreme durability, and the T9, for professional use. The T5 EVO has the largest storage capacity of any Samsung portable SSD and improves the external HDD experience by offering improved speed and reliability. Based on USB 3.2 Gen 1, the T5 EVO can transfer data up to 3.8 times faster than external HDDs, making it even easier for you to transfer large files.

“It’s reported that over 1 trillion photos are taken worldwide every year – with an average of 2,000 photos on smartphones alone.1 That means more people than ever need increased storage capacity options to preserve their favorite memories, videos, and content,” said Jose Hernandez, Senior Director of Memory Product Marketing at Samsung. “The T5 EVO provides the perfect solution – with an even higher capacity of 8TB, which helps ensure you no longer need to erase old pictures from your device to save new ones. Plus, the drive’s portable design helps you take your data anywhere with you, instead of being tethered to your desk setup.”

Traditionally, external HDDs may often encounter slow transfer speeds and are at higher risk of data loss due to mechanical problems. With the help of Samsung V-NAND flash technology and electronic parts, the T5 EVO shows faster file access speeds, eliminates noise and heat concerns, and even allows large-capacity file editing directly from the device.

Enhanced portability and ergonomic design

While the T5 EVO maintains the compact features of the Samsung portable SSD portfolio, it sports a new slender rectangle body, deviating from the business card design for the first time. Weighing just 3.6 ounces and measuring 3.74 inches in length and 1.57 inches in width, the drive can be held in the palm of your hand. Plus, it can fit the same amount of capacity with faster speeds when compared to an external HDD.

The T5 EVO comes in black with a titan gray ring, giving it a premium and sleek look that naturally complements many different set ups and host devices. The T5 EVO can be easily fastened to any bag or piece of luggage thanks to its metal ring. Furthermore, its metal body and rubberized surface provide extra protection against drops of up to six and a half feet so your files are much more likely to survive a few bumps and bruises as you go about your life.

The T5 EVO can be easily fastened to any bag or piece of luggage thanks to its metal ring.

Stores millions of photos and songs with speed and ease

Even with its small footprint, the T5 EVO can hold the largest amount of data in the Samsung portable SSD portfolio. With storage capacities of up to 8TB, the T5 EVO can accommodate large files, videos, photos and games, making it suitable for work and play. An 8TB T5 EVO can store more than 2 million 3.5-megabyte (MB) photos, 1.8 million 4MB music files, or 3,500 2-gigabyte (GB) videos.

When it’s time to transfer files from one device to the T5 EVO or vice versa, the drive delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 460 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sustained performance twice as fast as competing SATA-based portable SSDs.

The T5 EVO is compatible with a range of host devices, such as smartphones, PCs, tablets, and gaming consoles.

Prioritizes safety through thermal guard protection and data encryption

Samsung Dynamic Thermal Guard technology safeguards against overheating and maintains optimal operating temperatures. Moreover, the portable SSD supports Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit hardware data encryption, giving you confidence in how your data is stored.

Provides extensive compatibility with a wide range of devices

The T5 EVO is compatible with a range of operating systems such as macOS® and Windows®, and host devices, such as smartphones, PCs, tablets, and gaming consoles. The T5 EVO also features Samsung Magician software, which provides a comprehensive set of drive management features, including real-time drive health checks, genuine authentication checks, performance benchmarks and firmware updates.

The T5 EVO is available today at and select retailers with the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) of $189.99 for the 2TB, $349.99 for the 4TB and $649.99 for the 8TB. The T5 EVO comes with a USB Type-C-to-C cable and includes a three-year limited warranty. For more information, visit

Samsung T5 EVO packaging

Samsung Portable SSD T5 EVO Product Specifications
InterfaceUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
Dimensions21.57 x 3.74 x .67 inches
Weight23.6 ounces
PerformanceSequential Read3Up to 460 MB/sec
Sequential Write3Up to 460 MB/sec
DurabilityDrop Resistant4Up to 6.5 feet
SecurityEncryptionAES 256-bit hardware encryption
Software5Samsung Magician Software
CompatibilityOperating System6Windows®, macOS®, Android™
Device6PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones
ReliabilityTemperature7Operating0°C to 60°C
Non-Operating-40°C to 85°C
Humidity5% to 95% non-condensing
ShockNon-Operating1,500G, duration: 0.5ms, 3 axis
VibrationNon-Operating20~2,000Hz, 20G
RoHS ComplianceRoHS 2
Warranty8Three (3) Year Limited Warranty
1 Source:
1 1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes, 1TB=1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Lower capacity may be demonstrated by your computer due to use of a different measurement standard.
2 The actual product weight and size may vary depending on the product’s capacity and measurement method.
3 Max data transfer speed is measured based on Samsung’s internal testing standards with the enclosed cable. Performance may vary depending on host configuration, cable and user system environment.
4 Based on an internal free fall shock test conducted under controlled conditions. Drop resistance may vary depending on the actual environmental conditions. Damage caused by drop is not covered under warranty.
* Test condition: Device was dropped free-fall to a metal plate from 2-meter height.
** No warranty is provided for any physical damage to the product including bending or deformation of the ring.
5 Samsung Magician software is available in Windows®, macOS® and Android™. It requires Windows® 7 and higher, macOS® High Sierra (10.13.6) and higher, or Android™ 5.1 (Lollipop) and higher. Older versions of the Windows®, macOS®, and Android™ operating systems may not be supported.
6 Compatibility with host devices may vary. Some operating systems may require T5 EVO reformatting. T5 EVO is backward compatible with USB 3.1, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
7 Tc is measured at the hottest point on the case. Sufficient airflow is recommended to be operated properly on heavier workload within device operating temperature.
8 For more information on the warranty, please visit

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