In a world of storage manufacturers like Western Digital, SanDisk, and Samsung, ADATA is a brand that seems like relatively new player. Despite the fact that it has been only been around since 2001, the company has earned its place in the market by becoming the second largest DRAM manufacturer back in 2017. ADATA is constantly releasing competitive products in the storage market, and with its upcoming SE800 external SSD, the company clearly has no intentions of slowing its pace.

With CES 2019 right around the corner, a bundle of tech companies are pre-announcing what they will be showcasing ahead of the big show. ADATA is among them, providing some details regarding its upcoming external USB-C and two PCIe SSD offerings.

SE800 External SSD

We’ll kick things off with ADATA’s SE800 External SSD. Details are a bit thin ahead of the official debut, but so far it appears to offer a compact form-factor similar to other external solid state drives in the space like the Samsung T5 and SanDisk Extreme series.

Unlike its competitors, the SE800 offers read/write performance that will offer speeds up to 1000MB/s. When comparing  speeds with the competitors mentioned above, this level of momentum doubles what customers have come to expect from these types of devices.

ADATA touts that it is compatible with multiple types of devices, including Android, macOS, Windows, and more. In order to take advantage of these speeds, you will need to have an option that supports USB Type-C Gen 2, a specification that is already available on most of Apple’s current Mac lineup.

XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro

Alongside the SE800, the company also plans to show off the XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro. As a successor to the current XPG GAMMIX S10, it is unsurprising to see that it will offer significantly faster read speeds. Apparently it can go as high as 3500MB/s, compared to just half that amount on the GAMMIX S10.

This M.2 SSD is aimed at gamers and will hook up to NVMe via PCIe 3.0 x4. If you were hoping for breakthrough speeds on this drive, you will be disappointed to read that the performance of the GAMMIX S11 Pro is in line with the company’s already-available SX8200.

Pricing & Availability

ADATA has not yet shared pricing or shipping dates. This is not too surprising considering they will need to have some new information to share at CES this year. If the company wants to compete head-to-head with its competition, pricing for the SE800 will likely be inline with list pricing of what Samsung and SanDisk are charging. The XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro will likely be the same price territory as its current SX8200 SSD.


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