The chatter around Tom’s Hardware’s battery life test prompted industry insiders to respond; LAPTOPMag ran their own battery life tests using simulated real-world usage and repudiated Tom’s Hardware’s finding.
According to Akihabaranews.com, Samsung has announced the start of production for the next generation 128GB SSD. The 64GB variant had already started its production cycle earlier this month. This next generation of SSD’s will offer lower power consumption (thus longer battery life), higher operational speeds, and better longevity. Plans for a 256GB version is slated for the end of the year.
Samsung SSDs feature far greater reliability, faster boot times and faster application start-up times than hard disk drives. Power consumption for the Samsung SSD is exceptionally low in standby mode at approximately 0.2 watts and in active mode at 0.5 watts.
The Samsung MLC-based SSD has a write speed of 70MB/s and a read speed of 90MB/s – performance levels that approach those of single-level-cell (SLC)-based SSDs now in mass production. Moreover, the new 128GB SSD will last approximately 20 times longer than the generally accepted 4-5 year life span of a notebook PC hard drive.
What caught my eye was the "20 times longer than… 4-5 years…" If my math is correct, and I think it is, Samsung is claiming 80-100 years worth of operational life expectancy. Wow. That’s a dramatic increase. Let’s just hope it’s close to being true and not simply a typo.
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