Seagate Enters Tablet Market: 320GB Drive in a Tablet!

Seagate Technology (Nasdaq: STX  ) , one of leading storage manufacturers is launched another project oriented toward rising tablet sement. After GoFlex Satellite, the company is now offering ultra-thin series of hard disk drives for tablets. The company is offering 160, 250 and 320GB drives at 5400 and 7200 rpm.

Under the name Momentus Thin, the company is producing a hard drive only seven millimeters thin-just three milimeters more than a solid state drive -- up to eight times more capacity for the price. The drive uses advanced 4K sector formatting which increases the performance of the drives (a 5900rpm Barracuda Green drive even won some tests compared to older, 7200 rpm hard drives).

Seagate teamed up with French Consumer Electronics maker Archos to offer G9 family of tablets with 250GB capacity. The Archos 80 G9 is equipped with 8" LCD, while 101 G9 comes with an 10.1" multi-touch screen. Both are equipped with a 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, fastest processor in the tablet space.

The prices are set at $279 for the 8" G9, and a mere $349 for the 10.1" G9 tablet, making these some of the most affordable, yet potentially highest performing tablets on the market. Archos is claiming that the decision to go with 250GB Seagate drive is one of the main reasons for competitive pricing, rather than having a 16GB or a 32GB SSD-powered tablet with prices starting at $499. This "needle" was targeted at the market leader, Apple's iPad 1 and 2, as well as sea of others, often even more expensive competitors.

Remember, yesterday, Archos offered the world's cheapest Android tablet, at $99 apiece. But the Seagate drives look quite attractive and if users can get the compromise of having a tablet with a spinning drive (i.e., you'll feel movement, especially with 7200rpm drives) for a very attractive price, and offering hundreds of gigabytes of local storage -- Seagate just might have a winner on their hands.

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