Samsung is launching its latest ultramobile PC on Monday, a device that uses a 32GB solid-state flash memory-based hard drive.

The latest addition to its family of ultramobile PCs, the Q1P SSD uses the 32GB solid-state flash memory-based hard drive (SSD) instead of a conventional hard disc drive (HDD) and is designed for users requiring speedier access to data

This new device also takes a beating better than devices using HDDs, Samsung said in a statement.

The boot-up time for the Q1P SSD is 25-50% faster than systems using a HDD, it said. And it is capable of reading data 300 times faster than HDD, at 53MB per second, and writing data 150 times faster, at 28MB per second. The Q1P SSD can also withstand twice the impact of an ultramobile PC equipped with an HDD.

The company should know. It is offering both kinds of ultramobile PCs in the US market immediately, the Q1P with an HDD for $1,299 (£668) and the Q1P SSD for $1,999 (£1,027). The launch of the new ultramobiles prompted the company to lower the price of its first ultramobile PC, the Q1, to $999 (£513).

All earlier Samsung ultramobiles used 1.8-inch HDDs.

The specifications of the Q1P SDD shows that Samsung has returned to using Intel microprocessors after turning to microprocessors made by Taiwan's Via Technologies microprocessors in the Q1B, a lower priced ultramobile PC.

The Q1P SSD runs on an Intel Pentium M 1.0GHz microprocessor and carries 1G byte of DDR2 (double data rate, second generation) memory. It has a 7-inch screen, weighs 1.7 pounds, and holds a rechargeable lithium ion battery that can last three hours.