Samsung Electronics is working on a new solid-state drive with 4TB capacity. The SSD will be available in early 2016, but its performance and pricing are yet unknown.
Samsung 850 Pro solid-state drive with 4TB capacity will be based on the company’s third-generation 48-layer 3D V-NAND memory, reports AnandTech. While exact performance of the Samsung 850 Pro 4TB SSD is unknown, expect it to be a little lower compared to performance of other drives in the series. Since the SSDs come in 2.5” form-factor and use Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface, the 850 Pro-series solid-state drives are not really performance champions in general.
Solid-state drives with 4TB capacity will help Samsung to better compete against other makers of SSDs. The unique consumer solid-state drives will be exclusively available only from Samsung for quite a while.
4TB SSDs will provide HDD-class capacity, but expect such devices to be very expensive. Even though NAND flash memory is rather affordable today, 4TB of memory cost a lot of money.
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KitGuru Says: A 4TB SSD for consumers is clearly a unique product. Nonetheless, do not expect it to be truly fast since it will be based on 48-layer 3D V-NAND, which is slower than the company's second-gen 3D V-NAND memory used on 850 Pro SSDs today.