Thursday Seagate officially launched its new Momentus Thin line of HDDs in conjunction with the introduction of the upcoming ARCHOS 80 G9 8-inch tablet and the ARCHOS 101 G9 10.1-inch tablet, both of which will feature a Momentus Thin drive. The company is promoting the new HDD line as the "world's first" ultra-thin 2.5-inch hard drives for ultra portables including tablets and slim laptops.
"Seagate continues to break new ground in the development of products and technologies that matter most to customers by delivering the Momentus Thin drive for these powerful ARCHOS tablets," said Rocky Pimentel, Seagate Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. "The Momentus Thin drive gives tablet buyers a compelling option, providing great storage capacity and performance that dovetail with the processing power of the new ARCHOS products for great Android and multimedia experiences."
According to Seagate, the Momentus Thin line is also ideal for entry-level to high-performance laptops, and slim consumer electronic devices (other than tablets and slim laptops). The list of features include a 7-mm profile, Seagate SmartAlign technology to smooth the transition to 4K sectors without the need for software utilities, 7200RPM and 5400RPM spin speeds with 16 MB of cache, optional government-grade encryption, and capacities of 320 GB, 250 GB and 160 GB.
As for the ARCHOS tablets, the company has chosen the 250 GB model for both tablets, offering an insane amount of storage when compared to other flash-based solutions installed in today's crop of tablets (iPad 2, Galaxy Tab etc). As revealed on Thursday, the upcoming ARCHOS tablets will also feature the 1.5 GHz dual-cre OMAP4 processor from Texas Instruments, Google's Android 3.1 "Honeycomb" OS, HDMI output, a microSD card slot, a USB port and more. Archos will also offer Flash-based versions as well for those who don't want to deal with the thicker, heavier HDD-based models.
ARCHOS 80 G9, the 8-inch product, and ARCHOS 101 G9, the 10-inch model, are scheduled to be available in late September. Estimated MSRPs for the ARCHOS 80 G9 and ARCHOS 101 G9 tablets are $279 and $349, respectively.
So are these Archos devices actually tablets, or slates? With only a 3-mm difference between the flash-based and HDD-based models, it seems that the line between tablet and slate is growing thinner and thinner... like mobile hard drives.