Seagate Momentus Thin powers first HDD-based tablets

Seagate announces that its Momentus Thin hard drive is the first hard drive used in a tablet computer.

The Archo 101 G9 HDD-based tablet computer.
The Archos G9 101 HDD-based tablet computer. Archos

Because of the high prices of solid-state drives, most tablets have limited storage. To keep the cost reasonable, manufacturers have to opt for offering low-capacity units.

The Seagate Momentus Thin is the first 7mm standard hard drive that offers up to 320GB of storage space and spins at 7,200rpm.
The Seagate Momentus Thin is the first 7mm standard hard drive that offers up to 320GB of storage space and spins at 7,200rpm. Seagate

And the main reason why tablets don't use hard-disk drives (HDDs) is the physical size: HDDs are generally not compact enough for the portability of a tablet computer. That is, unless, that HDD is Seagate Technology's Momentus Thin .

The company announced today that this hard drive, which is the world's first 2.5-inch hard drive with a 7mm profile, is now also the internal storage unit for the first HDD-based handheld tablets in the world, the 8- and 10-inch Archos G9 tablets. The new tablets, unveiled today, are among the first low-cost high-capacity tablets on the market.

Seagate says the superthin and high-performance (7,200rpm) Momentus Thin makes a great complement to the Archos G9 family of tablets that features 1.5GHz dual-core processors. They will be the first tablets to offer 250GB of storage, four times the existing top-capacity 64GB tablets on the market, yet the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 are expected to cost about $279 and $349, respectively, when they become available in September.

Apart from these tablets, Seagate's Momentus Thin has also been used in laptops and the company's ultraportable external hard drive, the 320GB GoFlex Go.

This is Seagate's second involvement with tablets this year. A month ago, the company unveiled the world's first Wi-Fi storage extender for the iPad, the GoFlex Satellite, which is going to be available next month.

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