Samsung is offering yet another flavor of the Q1 UMPC. The “Q1-SSD” offers a 32GB high-performance NAND (solid state memory) hard drive. Using this flash type memory technology, users will experience unprecedented speed and a significantly faster boot time – similar to the “instant on” feature of today’s Pocket PC and Palm Devices.
(view large image) We have to wait about 1 minute and 20 seconds for our Q1 to boot.
All this comes at a significant price boost however. The $1,099 Samsung Q1 UMPC sports a standard 40GB hard drive spinning at 4200RPM. The Q1-SSD with its 32GB solid state drive carries a whopping price tag of $2,430! If time is money, then perhaps the one minute and twenty second boot time will add up for you – but we recommend you watch the “fuzzy math” on this calculation!
(view large image) Our Q1 has a 40GB hard drive. I don’t think we’ll be able to afford another $1,430 for the upgrade!
What exactly is a Solid State Disk (SSD) (besides expensive)?
Solid state disks are NAND flash-based memory drives. This concept isn’t entirely new. Digital cameras use flash memory to store pictures, as do many MP3 players to store songs. The main problem with flash-based drives is larger capacities are very expensive and they have limited write cycles. These issues are being overcome though and flash memory has several advantages over hard disk drives like lower power consumption, more durability, more compact size, less heat dissipation, quieter operation and faster speed.
The SSD reads 300 percent faster (53MB/s) and writes 150 percent quicker (28MB/s) than normal hard drives. As a result, multiple application programs can operate simultaneously and large volumes of data can be edited and reproduced more efficiently. Microsoft Windows XP will boot up 25-50% faster on the SSD than on other drives. Moreover, the typical 1.8-inch hard disk drive weighs around 50 grams; whereas the SSD is 20 to 30 grams lighter, depending on the package type.
Stay tuned for our “Full Review” of the Q1 UMPC coming soon…