Expanding the mobile market, Seagate is making plans to bring a 12GB mini HDD to the market that will be even smaller than existing drives that offer less capacity. A significant change from the 1.8” and others, this new beast will be only a minuscule 1 inch. Primarily, this will be aimed at phones. Why phones? Mobile media is becoming big – downloadable music videos, downloadable shows, downloadable music, all on your phone. It's only going to get bigger, with the stunning success of other mobile media devices like the iPod. Many more people own cell phones than iPods, so the market definitely is there. Seagate is planning the release of these drives for 3Q 2006, pricing is not yet available though likely only manufacturers will be purchasing these.
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