FOLLOWING THE LAUNCH of its own product last week, storage maker Seagate has announced the arrival of a Samsung-branded wireless hard drive.
The Samsung Wireless storage device is designed to work with smartphones and tablets. It includes a 1.5TB hard drive and is capable of streaming media to up to five devices simultaneously, running on battery power.
The device acknowledges its place alongside Samsung's mobile phones, which represent 39.5 percent of the smartphone market, and its design is suited to mobile phones, making it feasible to carry both around comfortably.
Like its white labeled cousin, the Samsung Wireless hard drive creates its own WiFi hotspot that mobile devices can then logon to and access. At home, it can act as a pass-through, with the device logging onto the home WiFi network and connecting it to smartphones and tablets.
The Samsung Wireless hard drive is capable of carrying approximately 375,000 MP3 files, 750 movies or 425,000 photos or, more realistically, a combination of some of all three. This places it directly in between the 1TB and 2TB Seagate branded models announced last week.
In addition to its wireless capabilities, the device also has a USB 3.0 port that can be used for direct transfer to and from other devices, or even to charge the mobile device being used.
Seagate's Lacie division was recently in trouble after it was revealed it had been subject to a customer data breach that extended over a twelve month period before detection when it was uncovered by the FBI.
As flash storage continues to get ever smaller, we wonder how long it will be before we start to see storage capacity like this integrated into the smartphones themselves. µ