Samsung announces 'first' notebook with hybrid HDD
About a month and a half ago, Samsung announced that it had started shipping 2.5" hybrid hard drives. Those MH80-series hard drives combine 80GB, 120GB, and 160GB capacities with either 128MB or 256MB of integrated OneNAND flash. The extra flash memory can be used as cache by the ReadyDrive feature in Windows Vista, and it can help shrink boot times, increase battery life, and boost performance.
Samsung has now put up an announcement on its Korean site that says it has unveiled the "industry's first" notebook to feature a hybrid hard drive. The new R55 notebook includes a 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 processor, an Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 graphics processor with 256MB of memory, a 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) display, and an 80GB hybrid hard drive with a 5400RPM spindle speed and 256MB of built-in flash memory. From what we can tell, Samsung is pricing the system at 1,800,000 South Korean Won, which is equivalent to $1,944. (Thanks to Engadget for the link.)