Following in the footsteps of companies like Western Digital and Toshiba, Samsung has become the latest HDD manufacturer to launch a 1TB notebook drive. The Spinpoint MT2 crams three 333GB platters into a 2.5-inch by 12.5mm form factor, which is a bit thicker than the typical 9.5mm-tall laptop drive. That said, the Spinpoint MT2's dimensions on par with the competition, and it's most likely to be installed in desktop replacement notebooks, external enclosures, TVs, and home media systems where space is less of an issue.
Samsung claims its new drive is 20% quicker on reads and writes and 4% less power hungry than competing products – though, exact numbers aren't provided in the press release. It has a rotation speed of 5400RPM, an 8MB buffer, a shock resistance of 400G when in operation and 800G when powered off, and it connects via SATA 3.0Gb/s. The drive is currently shipping in both 1TB and 750GB capacities, but there's no mention of a price, what products the MT2 might appear in, or whether it will be available to consumers.