Seagate has come forward with details on a 500GB hard drive designed for mobile devices. This would obviously mean much more available storage as compared to what we are seeing with flash storage at the moment and on top of that, Seagate has said this new drive will bring the "same power, performance and reliability of a flash device."
This will come by way of several features of the drive, one of which includes using an 8GB flash cache. Other details of the drive show it measuring in at 5mm thin and with a weight of 3.3 ounces. The drive itself is a 2.5-inch and Seagate has said it will be able to hold more than 100,000 images, 125,000 songs or 62 hours worth of high-definition video.
Basically, the amount of storage is way above and beyond what we are currently seeing in mobile devices. To that point, Seagate has said this new "storage solution delivers up to 7x the storage capacity of a traditional 64GB tablet." Aside from the storage and physical size of the drive, Seagate has also detailed some of the technology that will be used.
To begin with, this drive will utilize the Zero Gravity Sensor technology which should help protect against drops. The drive will also incorporate several power modes which should help in terms of battery life. Seagate mentioned how this drive will consume as low as 0.14W. And while we have yet to see any devices announced using this drive, it has been designed to support the Android operating system.
Bottom line here, it looks like Seagate is aiming to give Android tablet users storage that is equivalent to that of a notebook computer with power consumption that is more typically found with flash storage and tablet devices.
SOURCE: Business Wire