Seagate has launched the GoFlex Satellite in India, calling it the first battery-powered external hard drive to wirelessly extend the storage capacity of any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device. With 500GB capacity and Wi-Fi access over 802.11 b/ g/n and a rechargeable battery, the GoFlex Satellite enables users to carry a large library of media and data with them on the go, and access it wirelessly on their mobile devices without a computer.
Speaking on the launch, Seagate India's Rajesh Khurana 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. With the GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage, we wished to create an elegant solution that provides real value to the multitude of tablet 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 or a higher capacity tablet.”
The GoFlex Satellite is capable connecting to up to three devices, and provides a stand-by battery life of up to 25 hours, and up to five hours of continuously streaming video. To help with extending battery life, the free GoFlex Media App provides a progressive download feature, which temporarily loads the video on to the Android device it is being streamed to, allowing the drive to go into stand-by mode. The GoFlex Media App is available for iOS devices and Android devices. Android device owners will also get the ability to access the contents of the GoFlex Satellite via the mobile device's web browser. [RELATED_ARTICLE]
Also onboard is the Media Sync software, which makes grabbing media from a computer much easier. Even music and videos purchased through iTunes can be loaded to the GoFlex Satellite drive and will play on all authorized devices. For rapid loading of media content, the wireless mobile storage comes equipped with the superfast USB 3.0 cable to get files from your computer to the GoFlex Satellite drive. The USB 3.0 cable will also continue to work with USB 2.0 ports and is easily removed for portability. In addition to the USB 3.0 cable, the GoFlex Satellite drive comes complete with a car charger and a compact wall charger.
GoFlex Satellite will be available from end-October through select retailers and resellers, for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of INR 11,500 (plus local taxes).