LG Debuts First HHD Laptop

We said Samsung had shipped them to OEMs...

Yesterday I brought you news that Samsung had begun shipping the industry’s first Hybrid Hard Drives (HHDs) to OEMs and it appears notebook manufacturers were simply chopping at the bit to plug them in.

Despite no official announcement, LG has taken gold as first out of the gate since its ‘R400’ notebook with Samsung 120GB MH80 HHD has appeared on Canadian website Online Electronics here.

Along with its official anonymity, the R400 is also mysterious in a second way since it lists an ATI 128MB Mobility Radeon ‘X2300’ with support for HyperMemory. I’ve not heard any word from ATI itself on the existence of such a chip so I presume what we have is another of those regular instances where laptop manufacturers sign an NDA agreement then misplace it after a hearty game of paper airplanes.

The remaining specs are less controversial, listed as an Intel Core 2 Duo T5300 CPU, 1GB RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth – no word on the display or weight. Online Electronics states an arrival date of 30 March, which seems incredibly quick, and quotes an equally stunning $1,199 price. Should this be in Canadian dollars (as seems rational) it would translate to just £525 which – UK inflationary prices or not – suggests HHDs won’t carry the hefty premium many have anticipated.

This alone means we should all set our old notebook hard drives on the ground, set fire to them then dance around in circles, screaming and shouting like Cherokee Indians. Not that we ever need an excuse to imitate Cherokee Indians…

”’Update:”’ It appears the X2300 isn’t such a mystery after all – thanks to Andy for spotting the bleedin’ obvious – and a slapped wrist for me for missing it. Clearly, even super heroes aren’t infallible…

Online Electronics – R400 Product Page

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