Samsung (KRX:005935) already unveiled the Evo 850 Pro series earlier this year, and it looks like we may be close to the launch of the Evo 850. The Evo 850 will be targeted at the mainstream audience, and will be priced lower than the Evo 850 Pro, which is aimed at enthusiast users.
The latest leak shows that the Evo 850 will be available in five storage variations: 120 GB, 250 GB, 500 GB, 750 GB and 1 TB. A Fry’s pre-order listing from October showed that the 1 TB version will likely retail for $499, which indicates a slightly higher price point than what Samsung targeted with the Evo 840 series. Pricing for other models is said to be $100 for 120 GB, $146 for 250 GB and $258 for 500 GB.
The new pricing is due to the next-generation hardware on offer, which includes 3-bit 3D V-NAND chips along with an in-house controller. Samsung is the only SSD vendor in the world who manufacturers all components in-house, and the Evo 850 is said to offer up to 550 MB/s reads, with write performance at 520 MB/s.
As for when customers will be able to pick up the Evo 850, current estimates suggest an official launch sometime in January 2015. If you were worried about the durability of SSDs, fret not, as a recent test revealed that most drives will likely outlive all of us.