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Samsung Electronics Advances External Storage Innovation with New Portable SSD X5


Featuring Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe technology, the X5 delivers blazing
transfer speeds in a transformative design

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today unveiled its first NVMe™1-based
portable solid state drive (SSD) – the Samsung Portable SSD X5 –
achieving new levels of performance and reliability for external storage
solutions. Based on the cutting-edge Thunderbolt™ 32
technology, the new X5 features exceptional speeds in a compact and
durable form factor, making it an ideal portable storage for content
creators and IT professionals on the go.

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Samsung Portable SSD X5 (Photo: Business Wire)

Samsung Portable SSD X5 (Photo: Business Wire)

"As a leader in high-performance and reliable storage solutions, we are
thrilled to continue to advance the external SSD market with the
introduction of our first Thunderbolt 3 portable SSD," said Dr. Mike
Mang, vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at
Samsung Electronics. "The X5 is yet another testament to Samsung's
commitment to providing innovative portable storage solutions that
enable faster transfer of large data files, saving users' valuable time."

Whether editing 4K videos, creating real-time 3D rendering images or
compiling high-resolution photos, consumers want fast and convenient
ways to store and transfer their data. Leveraging synergies between NVMe
and Thunderbolt 3 technologies, Samsung's X5 delivers maximized
performance levels for professionals working with heavy multimedia
files. Thanks to Thunderbolt 3's 40Gbps bandwidth – up to four times
faster than USB 3.13 – the X5 offers a read speed of up to
2,800 MB/s, which is up to 5.2 times faster than the widely used SATA
interface portable SSDs and up to 25.5 times faster than external HDDs4.
The drive also boasts the fastest maximum write speed of 2,300 MB/s5,
enabling users to transfer a 20GB-sized 4K UHD video in just 12 seconds6.
Designed for Macs and PCs with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the X5 allows users
to enjoy the speed benefits in a lightweight and portable design, with
capacity options up to 2TB.

The X5 features a full-metal body with a glossy finish and non-slip
bottom mat. A shock-resistant internal frame and rugged metal housing
can withstand accidental drops of up to two meters (6.6 feet)7.
In addition, the Dynamic Thermal Guard technology and a heat sink – a
mechanical internal solution – safeguard the X5 from overheating,
ensuring reliability while maintaining optimal operating temperatures.
The X5 also offers powerful data protection with 'Samsung Portable SSD
Software', based on the AES 256-bit hardware data encryption, including
optional password protection and easy configuration of security settings.

The X5 comes with a three-year limited warranty and will be available
globally from Sept. 3, 2018, with a manufacturers' suggested retail
price (MSRP) starting at $399.99 for the 500GB model, $699.99 for the
1TB model and $1,399.99 for the 2TB model. For more information, please

Key Specifications

Category     Samsung Portable SSD X5


Interface     Thunderbolt™ 3 (40Gbps)
Dimensions (LxWxH)     119 x 62 x 19.7 mm (4.7 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches)

150 grams (5.3 oz.)9


H/W) Macs and Windows PCs with Thunderbolt 3 ports
backward compatible / Not compatible with PCs only with USB

Mac OS Sierra (10.12) or higher
Windows 10 64 bit RS 2 or


Up to 2,800 MB/s sequential read speeds
Up to 2,300 MB/s
sequential write speeds (500GB: up to 2,100

Encryption     AES 256-bit hardware encryption

Samsung Portable SSD Software10
protection (optional)

Certifications     CE, BSMI, KC, VCCI, C-tick, FCC, IC, UL, TUV, CB
RoHS Compliance     RoHS2

Three-Year Limited Warranty11


About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America,
Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics,
mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of
today's technology and providing consumers and organizations with a
portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment,
Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality,
wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading
content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video,
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The NVM Express® design mark is a registered trademark of NVM
Express, Inc.


Thunderbolt™ 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40
Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the
fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data
device. Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademark of
Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.


USB 3.1 Gen 2 delivers up to 10 Gbps USB data rate


Based on the internal test results compared to a portable SSD
1TB (T5) and Samsung external HDD 1TB (HX-MK20P12). *Test system
configuration: Intel® Core i5-7600 (@3.5 GHz), DDR4 4GB 1066MHz,
OS-Window 10*64, Chipset-Asus Strix Z270E Gaming.


Performance may vary depending on host configuration. To reach
maximum read/write speeds of 2,800/2,300 MB/s, the host device and
connection cables must support Thunderbolt™ 3.500GB version offers
write speed up to 2,100 MB/s.

*Test system configuration: Intel® Core™ i7 8570H (@4.1GHz),
DDR4 16GB 2667 MHz, OS-Windows 10*64, Chipset–Dell Alienware
System (Dell i7 Alienware 17 R5). Performance measurements based
on CrystalDiskMark v.5.1.2.


Performance of the PC's internal storage should be equal to or
greater than X5. *Test system configuration: Intel® Core™ i7 7700
(@3.6 GHz), DDR4 4GB 2133 MHz, OS-Windows 10*64,
Chipset–Aorus(Gigabyte) Z270-X Gaming 9.


The internal free fall shock test was conducted under
controlled conditions.


1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes, 1 TB=1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Lower
capacity may be demonstrated by your computer due to its use of a
different measurement standard.


Exact weight of product may vary by capacity.


X5 works on PCs (Mac / Windows PC) that support Thunderbolt™ 3.
Only PC versions (mac OS version/Windows OS version) of Samsung
Portable SSD Software support X5, while the existing Android
version (App) does not. In case of X5, Samsung Portable SSD
Software update is available for both macOS and Windows OS
versions. But X5 FW update is available for Windows OS version


Samsung Electronics shall not be liable for any loss, including
but not limited to loss of data or other information contained on
Samsung Electronics product or loss of profit or revenue which may
be incurred by user. For more information on the warranty, please


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