Samsung has announced the launch of its first 1TB Spinpoint-series 2.5" hard drive, designed for use in laptops that need a boost to their internal storage capabilities.

Dubbed the Spinpoint MT2, the device uses a slightly bulky 12.5mm form factor along with 333GB platters to deliver its impressive storage capacity, and improvements to specifications all around. Samsung claims that the new drive offers 20 percent increased performance and around 4 percent lower power consumption when compared with "competitive drives," although fails to name names.

Sadly for those expecting blazing-fast performance, Samsung is concentrating on power draw and storage capacity with this model: spinning at just 5,400RPM and featuring a last-generation SATA 3.0Gb/s interface, it's not going to compete in any speed trails any time soon.

The company's vice president of storage marketing, I.C. Park, describes the new drive as offering "the largest capacity in what has previously been offered as an option for portable digital devices."

Standard features of the Spinpoint line - including SilentSeek and NoiseGuard, designed to drop noise levels during operation, and shock resistance of up to 400G while operating and 800G while parked - make an appearance, along with Samsung's dynamic balancing technology which the company claims offers enhanced stability and reliability.

Sadly, the bulky form factor may limit the number of people who can make use of the new drive: at 12.5mm thick in order to accommodate the extra platter, there's likely to be a limited number of laptops that can actually fit the Spinpoint MT2.

Are you impressed to see Samsung bringing a 1TB 2.5" drive to market, or are you waiting for the same capacity to become available in a 7,200RPM 9.5mm version before getting excited? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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