480GB Ultrabook SSDs Will Arrive in 2013S

If 256GB just isn't enough for your ultrabook-toting needs, things are set to change. Mushkin has announced what it claims to be the "world's first" 480GB mSTATA SSD—and it will be available in January.

Slim laptops—we're talking ultrabooks—don't have room for even a standard 2.5-inch SATA SSD, so use a smaller form factor known as mini-SATA (mSATA). Until now, the broadly accepted upper capacity limit to those drives has been 256GB. Apple offers a 512GB upgrade when you buy a MacBook Air, but there are very few third-party, high capacity SSDs available to upgrade with.

Mushkin's new drive packs 480GB of storage, offers up transfer speeds of up to 6Gb/s, and comes with a three year warranty. Price? A fairly eye-watering $500. If $1 a GB isn't too rich for you, you'll be able to pick one up in January. [Engadget]