Samsung is introducing an updated version of its S2 USB portable hard drive. And in case you thought all USB hard drives were created equal, here’s two reasons it turns out you were wrong. First, the new Samsung S2 drives will feature Superspeed USB 3.0 interfaces. And second, they’ll have 7200RPM spindle speeds. Most portable hard drives top out at 5400RPM
The top file transfer speed supported by USB 3.0 is 5 Gbps, which is a little over 10 times faster than what you can expect from a USB 2.0 hard drive — although there’s always a big difference between a theoretical limit and actual performance.
Samsung says the S2 line of hard drives are also designed to run quietly.
The Samsung S2 Portable 3.0 hard drives will be available in Europe later this month in 320GB and 640GB versions. There’s no word on a US release date or pricing.