Intel's 32TB ruler SSD is super weird

2/28/2019

Intel has invented a new shape for solid state drives: the ruler. It's a foot-long housing primarily for use in datacenters. 

Intel describes its 32TB DC P4500 as "the world's densest SSD." By combining 32 of these rulers together you can hold up to 1 petabyte of data -- that's a thousand terabytes.

The new design is intended to reduce cooling costs and take up a fraction of the space of traditional 2.5-inch drives.

The ruler is an enterprise product only. It has its PCIe NVMe connection on one end, so its 12-inch length wouldn't fit if you tried to use it in a consumer system. You can read more from our business-minded colleagues at ZDNet.com.

It's a fine example of a first-world problem: Spend $1,000 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now, or endure the wait until next year and the potentially massive upgrades to come.

That's a decision some of you will have to make after Samsung unveiled its Note 9 on Thursday.

To be fair, this is a question everyone could ask themselves. But it's a particular dilemma for Note loyalists, who tend to be particularly into the latest and greatest. In Samsung's own words, Note customers are "looking for the best of the best when it comes to technology," according to Suzanne De Silva, director of product marketing for its US business.

But what if the best right now pales in comparison to mega upgrades we'll see next year? The long-anticipated appearance of a fingerprint sensor embedded in the display is widely expected to show up in the Galaxy S10, and presumably the Note 10 as well. We may also finally see Samsung's foldable phone.

The most important advancement, however, will be the ability to tap into the supersonic 5G networks that the carriers are busy building now. That next-generation wireless technology is poised to spur a mobile revolution with enhanced speeds and responsiveness, and the carriers are falling all over themselves hyping up its potential.  

Keep in mind that typical consumers -- even diehard Note fans -- will own their phones for several years. So anyone investing the significant sum to buy a Note 9, which is pricier than the previous version, will do so knowing they'll miss the 5G revolution for one or two generations. And for this crowd, 5G isn't just an ambiguous term. They're probably already salivating over the millimeter wave-powered throughput (translation: a really, really fast connection).

"They definitely are super tech conscious," said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst for Creative Strategies.

Making matters worse are the few upgrades Note 9 users will be getting this year. The highlights of the phone include a battery with 21 percent more capacity and a camera that recognizes and optimizes itself for different kinds of scenery. Many of the core internals are already found in the less-expensive Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus.

Samsung doesn't consider this an issue for the most loyal Note fans.

"The most Note-y of the Note users are upgrading every year," Drew Blackard, senior director of marketing for Samsung, said at the sideline of Thursday's launch event. He noted that the company introduced a trade-in program last year to make it easier to upgrade annually.

(Check out CNET's guide to trading in your phone.)

But if you plan to keep your phone for a while, what do you do?




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