Late Wednesday night, Samsung revealed its new 2.5-inch Spinpoint M8 internal HDD for laptops that consists of two 500 GB platters for a total 1 TB of storage space. The previous 1 TB Spinpoint MT2 5200RPM drive released back in July 2010 featured three platters at 333 GB each.
According to Samsung, the high density was achieved by utilizing advanced format technology (AFT) which raises the data storage density per unit area, enabling "efficient and convenient data storage." The overall HDD structure, measuring just 9.5-mm thick, was also redesigned with a reduced number of components such as disks and heads, thus generating a 7-percent increase in operation speeds and 8-percent decline in power demand over it predecessor.
"The new Spinpoint M8 line-up supports the ongoing growth curve for high density data storage densities, especially as it raises the bar to exceed terabyte density levels in the mobile computing space," said Samsung's C.H. Lee, vice president of storage strategic marketing.
The Spinpoint M8 connects via an SATA 3Gbps interface and comes packed with an 8 MB buffer memory. Samsung also incorporated EcoSeek and NoiseGuard features for minimal noise levels. The structure redesign also ensures enhanced shock resistance to protect the disk from physical fracture and data loss.
Samsung's 2-platter 1 TB Spinpoint M8 is currently in mass production and will available worldwide at an undisclosed date for an MSRP of $129.
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for pointing out that we had the wrong photo linked to the article. Samsung just sent over the correct image, as seen above.