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New Samsung T5 EVO Puts up to 8TB of Rugged Storage in Your Pocket

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Samsung today unveiled its T5 EVO portable state drive (SSD)—the first on the market that can hold up to 8TB of storage space—double that of the second largest portable SSDs.

Other than that, per Samsung, the new external storage device also comes in a sleek and rugged design, ready to take on any rough environment.

Samsung T5 EVO Product Photo with USB C Cable
The new Samsung T5 EVO comes in a new design and includes a USB-C cable

Samsung T5 EVO: A new portable SSD entirely

The Samsung T5 EVO has no resemblance to the Samsung T5, which came out five years ago and has already been superseded by the T7 and T9.

The new drive is now slightly thicker and noticeably longer but much narrower, creating a more slender shape that fits well in any pocket. It also has a hook—you can attach it to a bell or a backpack via a clip. The new drive weighs much more than its older namesake brother, but it's still super light at a mere 3.6 ounces.

The T5 EVO has a USB-C port for power and data, and this is where it's inferior: It supports USB Gen 1, which caps at 5Gbps, or half of the original T5. Samsung says the new T5 Evo can deliver copy speeds of up to 460MB/s. If that's true, you'd still need about 5 hours to fill up 8TB of storage space.

The real-world rates will likely be lower, close to that of the similarly-specced and much older Samsung T3 that came out in early 2016, which sustained at around 350MB/s in testing. Still, it's safe to say the new drive will be much faster than any hard drive-based portable drive.

The table below shows the T5 EVO's full hardware specs.

Samsung Portable SSD T5 EVO: Hardware specifications

InterfaceUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
Capacities2TB, 4TB, 8TB
Dimensions1.57 x 3.74 x .67 inches
Weight3.6 ounces
PerformanceSequential ReadUp to 460 MB/sec
Sequential WriteUp to 460 MB/sec
DurabilityDrop ResistantUp to 6.5 feet
SecurityEncryptionAES 256-bit hardware encryption
SoftwareSamsung Magician Software
CompatibilityOperating SystemWindows, macOS, Android
DevicePCs, Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones
ReliabilityTemperatureOperating0°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
WarrantyThree-Year Limited Warranty
Samsung Portable SSD T5 EVO Specifications

A familiar Samsung Portable SSD

Aside from the hardware specs and new design, the new T5 EVO is slated to be similar to other Samsung Portable SSDs.

It's a rugged drive that will work right away when plugged into a host, be it a Windows computer, a Mac, or an Android, thanks to the low power consumption and the preformatted exFAT file system.

Additionally, you can use the helpful Samsung Magician desktop software to manage its features and turn on password protection for its data. That said, if you're looking for a portable, rugged, yet super-spacious external storage device, the T5 EVO is an excellent option.

Samsung T5 EVO hooked to a backpack
You can hook your Samsung T5 EVO to your backpack

Availability and pricing

Samsung says the new T5 EVO portable SSD is available today in 2TB, 4TB, and 8TB, carrying the suggested retail price of $189.99, $349.99, and $649.99, respectively.

Have lots of stuff to care about on the go? Check one out today! Below is the rating of the original Samsung T5 for reference.

Samsung T5 Portable SSD's Rating

8.4 out of 10
Samsung T
9 out of 10
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
8 out of 10


Super-fast performance

Compact and sturdy design

Mac- and Windows-compatible right out of the box

USB-C and USB-A cables included

Easy-to-use security feature


The 3-year warranty is a bit short

No higher capacities than 2TB

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2 thoughts on “New Samsung T5 EVO Puts up to 8TB of Rugged Storage in Your Pocket”

  1. Not sure the con of “ No higher capacities than 2TB” is correct given the T5 scales to 8TB as mentioned in the article.


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