Samsung releases external X5-nvme-ssd with Thunderbolt 3

Samsung releases external ssds in September that use the nvme protocol and are connected to devices via Thunderbolt 3. There are versions of 2TB, 1TB and 500GB. The cheapest model costs 410 euros.

The Samsung X5 ssds have a type-c connection, but only work with Thunderbolt 3. So a laptop or computer is needed with Thunderbolt 3. With this, the ssd can communicate with a theoretical bandwidth of 40Gbit / s with the connected device . Samsung provides sequential read and write speeds of 2800MB / s and 2300MB / s for the 2TB and 1TB versions. The 500GB variant achieves a writing speed of up to 2100MB / s.

Samsung plugs the X5 SSDs into a metal case that weighs 150 grams and has dimensions of 119x62x19.7mm. A fall of two meters is not a problem according to the manufacturer. The SSDs also have an ‘internal cooling system’ that keeps the heat released at high speeds within bounds.

Hardware.Info has published a review of the external ssd. The site concludes that the Samsung X5 is very fast and that the housing ensures that the temperatures remain within the limits. However, the review shows that the product is very expensive for ‘a 970 Evo-in-a-box’. The SSD uses 64-layer 3d-tlc nand with a slc-cache. The controller is the same as that in the 970 Evo ssd.

The new X5 ssds are a lot more expensive and somewhat larger than the external ssds in the T5 series, which were released last year by Samsung. These variants use the same nand memory, but work with the satap protocol, which limits the maximum speed.

What is custom ROM?
ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.

The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :

  • Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
  • Better RAM Management.
  • Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
  • It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
  • See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
  • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • and other cool features.
If you want to install using your PC, you need the ADB tools installed on your computer. Download the ADB tools via Google’s developers website and download the Android SDK. Downloading the SDK and making sure ADB is correctly set up.

Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.


Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.



Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.


Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1



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