HDD Devices Still Have a Future, Feel Analysts

July 23, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The new trend in storage options centers around the thinner and faster Solid State Drives (SSD) which are used in tablets, than the conventional Hard Disk Drives (HDD) which are used in laptops.

However, HDD industry and devices are not going to bust in near future, feel analysts.

The major reason is the upper hand laptops with HDDs enjoy over devices with SSDs in price. While laptops or notebooks with storage capacities of more than 500 GB HDD are priced between $450 and $550, an SSD device, say a MacBook Air with a 64 GB storage, costs $999.

This is reflected in the market analysis made by IHS, a market analyst firm which found that 32 percent of the market share in the first quarter was bagged by machines with the storage capacity of at least 500 GB and priced between $450 and $550.

Notebooks with storage of 320 GB or more with a price tag between $350 and $450 had 26 percent market share.

Surface tablet which is expected to revolutionize the market with its high productivity keyboard feature will not change the situation this year mainly due to its end-of-the-year release, say analysts.

However, since the pricing details for Surface are yet to be released, it is not yet clear how it is going to affect the sales of HDD-equipped notebooks.

The HDD-equipped notebooks have their own niche customers who consider them affordable, full-featured, productivity machines.

This could change if Surface or other SSD fitted devices come down to the $700 price range, say analysts.

Do you think the HDD industry and gadgets have a grim future? Let us know.

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