Samsung’s New T7 Touch SSD Comes With Biometric Security

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Samsung’s latest product to feature a biometric fingerprint sensor is its new portable solid-state drive (SSD), the Samsung T7 Touch.

Encased in aluminum that (according to Samsung) is shock resistant and should be able to withstand a drop of up to 6 feet, the T7 Touch is the first of Samsung’s SSDs to feature a capacitive biometric fingerprint sensor.

Users can enrol up to four fingerprints via the free companion app and once that is done the drive will require biometric authentication before it mounts to your computer or phone.

The biometric data and drive’s contents are backed by AES 256-bit hardware encryption, and aside from those with their fingerprint registered to the device nobody will be able to plug in and access the contents of the drive.

Users will need to authenticate via the fingerprint sensor every time they connect the drive to their phone or computer, and an LED behind the sensor lights up and blinks repeatedly until their identity is authenticated.

The T7 Touch is a followup to 2017’s popular T5 SSD, and has the same compact and slim design, though it is a little bit taller than the T5. The T7 uses a USB-C port to connect to devices — meaning it’ll work with Windows, macOS, and Android (but not iOS) — and boasts impressive read and write speeds that improve upon the already fast T5 speeds.

The Samsung T7 Touch is available in the U.S. and is priced at $129.99 for 500GB of storage, $229.99 for 1TB, and $399.99 for the 2TB model.

Samsung has indicated that a version of the T7 without a fingerprint sensor will become available later this year, and though it is expected to cost less, a price has yet to be announced.

Source: The Verge