Seagate Technology announced today that it is going to begin manufacturing hard-disk drives for tablets.
Currently tablet manufactures opt to use more expensive solid state drives as the drives themselves are smaller, and the lack of moving parts means that they will consume less power extending the battery life of the tablet. Seagate plans to change this with their new Momentus Thin HDD line available in 160, 250, and 320 GB capacities.
This 2.5inch drive, with a 7mm profile, will first appear in the recently announced Archos G9 8 and 10 inch tablets. Previously these drives have made appearances in netbooks, and laptops. These tablets are expected to be released in late September at the $279 and $349 price points.
Because HDDs have moving parts they are more susceptible to damage if dropped. However, they do offer a high capacity and are cheaper to manufacture and consumers will have to weigh these pros and cons when deciding to buy a HDD based tablet.