|Seagate announces GoFlex Satellite Wireless HDD
July 25 2011
Seagate announces GoFlex Satellite Wireless HDD
A GoFlex Media app for Apple iOS devices is already available. An Android app is expected to be ready in time for the drive's official launch Seagate announced that its GoFlex Satellite will be available in the Middle East by mid-August. The device is a battery powered, wireless external hard drive designed to extend the storage capacity of any WiFi enabled mobile device such as tablets, laptops and even smartphones.
The hard drive has 500GB of storage capacity, boasts 802.11b/g/n WiFi and sports a rechargeable battery. iOS devices can connect directly to the device via the free GoFlex Media app, and for all other OSs the drive is accessible via a web browser. An Android app is currently being developed and is scheduled to become available around the time the GoFlex Satellite hits retail stores.
Ayman Al-Ajouz, Seagate's GCC Channel Sales Manager said, "With the growth of the tablet and iPad markets and the larger volumes of high-quality media now being consumed, there is a clear need for access to content that is not plagued with the challenges of streamed video over the Internet. The unfortunate fact is that these popular new mobile devices are hampered by their limited storage capacity while one of their primary functions is that of media consumption."
The GoFlex Satellite can be accessed by three devices at the same time and users can stream different media content from the drive simultaneously. Seagate claims the GoFlex satellite has a stand-by battery life of up to 25 hours, and can last five hours when continuously streaming video.
Al-Jous added, "With the GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage, we wished to create an elegant solution that provides real value to the multitude of iPad users out there by delivering a seamless connection to local storage. No longer will a consumer feel as though it is a compromise to purchase a lower capacity tablet or iPad. With GoFlex Satellite, people will be able to carry their entire media library with them without the need for wires or the web at a fraction of the cost of adding 3G or purchasing a higher capacity tablet."