Research firm IHS predicts a shortage of solid state disks for ultra-thin laptops and hybrids will cause unit prices to stay flat in 2015. For the last couple of years the price of SSD storage declined year after year but IHS adds that lower prices are coming again in 2016.
Interestingly, IHS bases itself on the average storage density of SSDs used in ultrathins, which will continue to increase. What this basically means is that while the pricing of your SSD won't decline, you will be getting more storage capacity for your money as the price per gigabyte will still be dropping in 2015.
Unit prices will fall again in 2016 as both Samsung and SanDisk will be shifting some capacity to make flash storage for ultrathings in 2015.
The price stabilization is measured based on the average storage density of SSDs used in ultrathins, which will continue to increase. The price of SSDs for ultrathins will average US$111 for 197GB this year and 264GB in 2015, and then drop to $109 for 340GB in 2016, Zhang said. The price will then plummet to $93 for 405GB in 2017 and $79 for 465GB of storage in 2018, she said.
Meanwhile, the average prices of SSDs for regular-sized laptops will continue to decline. IHS is projecting SSDs with average capacity of 190GB to be priced at $110 by the end of this year, dropping to $104 for a 243GB drive by the end of next year. SSD prices will be $89 for 275GB by 2016, $73 for 310GB in 2017 and $60 for 345GB in 2018.