Seagate teams with Archos on 'world's first' tablets with hard drives

Most tablets on the market today host solid state drives and flash memory. Seagate has introduced two new tablet computers with physical hard drives on board.

Most tablets on the market today host solid state drives and flash memory. Archos has introduced two new tablet computers with Seagate physical hard drives on board.

Touted as the "world’s first handheld tablet computers with hard drives," the 8-inch Archos 80 G9 and 10-inch Archos 101 G9 sport 2.5-inch Seagate Momentus Thin hard drives. Those hard drives have 7mm profiles and capacity options are set at 320GB, 250GB and 160GB. The last nitty-gritty detail about the hard drives specifically is that buyers can opt for 7200RPM and 5400RPM spin speeds with 16MB of cache.

For those who might want to use these tablets for business and/or host sensitive data on those Momentus Thin hard drives, there are some extra (optional) security measures, including government-grade encryption to protect data.

Most other details about the tablets haven't been publicized, except that these slates run on 1.5GHz processors. We should know more about these Seagate tablets closer to their unspecified release date in late September.

Based on pricing alone, these tablets appear competitive as the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 have starting prices of $279 and $349, respectively. However, we'll need to know more about the operating system and other features, before comparing it to other tablets already available.

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