Samsung is preparing to launch a successor to its hugely popular portable SSD, the Samsung T7 SSD, more than three years after its launch.
This device is one of the best SSDsnot to mention one of best portable SSDs, we have already reviewed. However, despite several new additions to the T7 family, including the T7 Touch and the T7 ShieldIn recent years, it’s clear that Samsung feels it’s time for a hardware refresh.
It’s just as well, ahead of the annual Black Friday sales in November, TechRadar Pro spotted a number of online retailers listing a 2TB version of the Samsung T9 SSD. This hasn’t officially launched yet, but it could well be soon.
Everything we know about the Samsung T9 SSD
Samsung has published a summary list of T9 SSDs with product number MU-PG2T0B, which retailers such as PC12.fr and Grosbill Pro use.
We also spotted a version listed at Australian retailer Microboss, but it was removed at the time of writing.
We haven’t seen any technical information yet, but it looks like the SSD will be available in a 2TB size. Microboss, however, went further to say that it offers read and write speeds ranging up to 2 GB/s. – making it twice as fast as its predecessor and one of the fastest portable SSDs on the market, if that’s true.
The Samsung T7 SSD launched in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models, suggesting we could see the same with the T9 at launch. Then, in the future, Samsung could expand its size to 4TB or even beyond, as it did with the T7 Shield.
There’s also every chance that it will be cheaper at launch than the T7, with PC12.fr selling the T9 SSD for €236.52 including tax (around $250) and Gosbill Pro selling the device for just €199 (around $215) – although it’s unclear if this includes taxes.
In contrast, the 2TB version of the T7 was first available for $370. This was sold alongside the 1TB version for $200 and the 500GB basic edition for $110.
A successor to the popular T7 would be welcome, considering that device didn’t even come with Thunderbolt 3 at launch. With Thunderbolt 4 now found in some of the fastest SSDs, it’s possible that Samsung will include the standard in its upcoming T9, although at this point it’s just pure speculation.
We also don’t know when Samsung will launch the T9 SSD, but if we had to guess, it will definitely release before Black Friday, which falls on November 24 this year.