World's first 1TB mini SSD packs small dimensions, big capacity

Industry first: Samsung launches mini 1TB Solid State Drive

It looks like Ultrabooks will get a shot in the arm in 2014 as Samsung has revealed its new range of mini solid state drives (SSDs), including an industry first 1TB mSATA version - meaning big storage with a small footprint.

Typically, only a larger 2.5-inch SSD would hold this much memory, with Ultrabook SSDs maxing out at 250GB. Announced in a company blog post, Samsung's dinky new 840 EVO mSATA SSD range, however, is available in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB.

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What this is likely to mean is that next year's Ultrabooks could get a hefty memory boost without adding any size or weight to their dimensions.

The 1TB drive has a thickness of 3.85 millimeters and a weight of 8.5 grams. Samsung says its read speed clocks in at 540MB/s, with write speeds at 520MB/s, putting it on a par with its bigger 2.5-inch brother.

An Ultrabook revolution

This should means that you will get desktop-levels of volume and performance on your ultra-slim notebooks.

Despite being launched this month, you shouldn't expect a wave of new Evo powered Ultrabooks to swarm the market before Christmas as it will take time for manufacturers to adopt new technology.