Seagate wants Android tablet makers to stop releasing models with 64GB of storage, but to jump up to 500GB thanks to its Ultra Mobile HDD.
Tablets all currently use SSDs, or solid state drives. These are small and fast, and can take the bumps and bags that tablets are regularly exposed to — but they are more expensive per gigabyte than traditional spinning hard drives and they generally require more power.
Seagate thinks its newly-announced hard drive would provide the best of both worlds. It would give tablet users access to much more storage capacity for their money, while its Dynamic Data Driver software would protect the spinning disk from being damaged by motion.
The company recommends this drive should be combined with a small amount of solid-state storage so users wouldn’t notice a slowdown from the hard drive, and less power would be needed for typical operations.
Seagate says a tablet using 8GB of flash and the 500GB Ultra Mobile HDD would have the power consumption equal to that of a 64GB tablet and the performance equal to that of a 16GB tablet, while costing less than either.
Of course, device makers would have to find room for this drive: it has a 2.5-inch platter, while the whole drive is 5mm thick and 3.3 oz.
Seagate’s software currently works only with the Android operating system.