San Jose (CA) – Samsung has begun shipping 64 GB SATA drive in a 2.5″ form factor. The NAND flash-based hard drives are expected to become available as storage options for Dell and Alienware consumer notebooks.
According to Samsung, Alienware will be offering 64 GB and a 128 GB configuration (dual 64 GB RAID 0) as well as a single 64 GB SSD combined with a 200 GB 7200 rpm hard drive for its Area-51 m9750 notebook. Dell will be selling the SSD as an option for the XPS M1330 notebook.
At the time of this writing, only Alienware was offering the new SSD – as a single-drive 64 GB option for the m9750. Customers will have to reach deep into their pockets to be able to enjoy the 64 GB SSD, as it comes at an additional cost of $1100, which is more than twice what the vendor charges for the 32 GB model ($500). The 128 GB option will cost another $300.
When configured with the 64 GB SSD, the notebooks checks in at $3200; while it is already equipped with a 512 GB Geforce graphics chip, the upgrade from a Core 2 Duo T5500 processor and from 1 GB memory, a DVD burner and a sound card will elevate the price to almost $4500 or $4800, if you are interested in the 128 SSD model.