Samsung is preparing to release the Portable SSD T9, signifying its renewed presence in the European portable SSD sector. A notable design evolution from its predecessors, the T5 and T7, is the T9's housing, characterized by a bumper cover with a texture resembling carbon. It remains to be determined whether the housing is made of pure carbon or a hybrid blend of carbon and plastic.
The SSD T9 offers a significant data transfer rate, reaching up to 2,000 megabytes per second as specified on its packaging. This rate suggests that the T9 might be among the first external SSDs to offer Thunderbolt 4 support, presenting a marked improvement over the T7 model's rate. Furthermore, Samsung has confirmed the device's compatibility across various platforms, including Windows PCs, Macs, and Android devices. The interface with host devices is provided by a USB Type-C port, possibly restricted to USB 3.2 Gen2x2.
Three storage variations will be available for the T9: 1 terabyte, 2 terabytes, and 4 terabytes. As per information from a French retailer, the one terabyte model is expected to have a price tag of roughly 120 euros, with the two terabyte model at 199.99 euros. The pricing structure for the four terabyte version is yet to be unveiled, but all models are projected to be launched in the upcoming weeks. It's also confirmed that the T9 will have a black color variant, though additional color options remain unspecified.