Western Digital to Demonstrate Media Tablet with 500GB Hard Drive at Trade-Show

WD to Demonstrate Usage of 5mm Hard Drives as well as Solid-State Hybrid Drives at Computex 2013

by Anton Shilov
05/27/2013 | 09:04 PM

Western Digital has announced that it would demonstrate untraditional usage of its ultra-thin 5mm hard disk drives (HDDs) as well as solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) at the upcoming Computex 2013 trade-show. The company intends to demo its 5mm-thick storage products in various thin and light devices, including the world’s first media tablet with a HDD inside.


WD will demonstrate its solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) and 5mm ultra-slim hard drive technologies in tablet and other thin-and-light devices at the Computex Taipei 2013 trade event, held in Taiwan from June 4 to June 8, 2013. The innovations will be a part of WD’s exhibit showcasing its latest storage technologies and solutions addressing thin-and-light mobile devices, cloud datacenter computing and the connected lifestyle.


Not a lot of details are currently available regarding incoming demonstrations from WD, but a tablet with a 500GB hard drive storage space will clearly be a thing that will catch eyes. Commercial prospects of such a gadget are very uncertain since a 2.5”/5mm hard drive will eat the space typically consumed by batteries; in addition, from a tablet use-case scenario perspective, NAND flash memory is considerably more reliable than rotating media. As a result, tablets with hard drives will only be popular among certain audiences. At the same time, there are convertibles as well as machines with detachable screen that can incorporate a hard drive and benefit from its low cost and large storage space.

WD is going to demo once again world’s first ultra-slim 2.5”/5 mm hard drives and SSHDs, which are designed for integration into the slimmest devices and space-constrained computing environments. In addition, the company is expected to show off a 7mm-thick drive designs for high-capacity mobile storage (i.e. dual-platter 7mm HDDs); enterprise storage building blocks for the cloud-oriented datacenters and other products for businesses and consumers.