Hard drives still confidently dominate on the notebook market, according to analysts

SSDs are gradually penetrating into mobile computers, but can not yet can become a serious competitor of hard disk drives. Even recently observed slowdown in demand for notebooks with hard drives will not lead to a decrease of the part pf these models in favour of laptops, where SSD is the main storage, analysts believe.



According to the first quarter of this year, models from the HDD larger than 500GB, offered at $ 450-550, formed the largest segment of the market at a rate of 32% of total deliveries. Second place with 26% take laptops with HDD capacity over 320GB, which cost $ 350-450. They are followed by models with HDD larger than 640GB ($ 550-650 price range), than go HDD larger than 750GB ($ 650-750), they are followed — with 250 GB HDD (price less than $ 350), next — the HDD larger than 1 TB ($ 750-900). And only in last place, relevant to market by about 3%, are laptops with SSD volume 128GB or HDD with very large volume (price — $ 900 or more).


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Greeting a Pair of NAS Series from Seagate

Seagate has geared up a surprise for all devotees of Small Office Home Office (SOHO) network storage solutions. Delivering NAS and NAS Pro series, the company tried to comply with the customers’ needs for compact but voluminous storage for integral data with an access via the network cable. Both lineups are based on an updated NAS OS 4 that offers a more user-friendly graphics interface and improved features on setup.



Seagate NAS series comes in two versions: with two and four drive bays for the installation of 3.5-inch SATA HHDs. Both models are based on Marvell ARM chip that runs at 1.2 GHz; it is complemented with 512 MB RAM. In its turn, Seagate NAS Pro additionally involves a version with six drive bays. The model’s hardware base employs Intel Atom C2000 CPU and 2 GB RAM, which in an assemblage provide for a better efficiency.


It’s worth noting that all the models are furnished with dedicated drives up to 5 TB capacity from Seagate NAS series. They are estimated …

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 425, 435 & 625 Mobile CPUs

Qualcomm has added three new mobile processors to its Snapdragon lineup. The Snapdragon 425, 436 and 625 boast improved functional, higher level of performance as well as longer-time of off-line operation for tablets & smartphones. The triplet entails 4/8 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores which run at 1.4 GHz (425, 435)/ 2.0 GHz (625 model) frequency.



The least efficient CPU is Qualcomm Snapdragon 425. It’s equipped with Qualcomm Adreno 308 graphics core and shows compatibility with eMMC 5.2 drive, LPDDR-667 MHz RAM, 16-megapixel cameras of 1280x720 resolution. Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 accommodates a more efficient Adreno 505 graphics core. It is able to cooperate with LPDDR3-800 MHz memory, internal eMMC 5.1 drives as well as external SD 3.0 memory cards.


In its turn, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is thought to be the most powerful CPU in the series. It is based according to 14-nm technological process and Adreno 506 GPU. This model can work with LPDDR3-933 MHz RAM and 24-megapixel …
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