Hitachi G-Connect Ships

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Hitachi GST reported this week it will begin shipping its G-Connect wireless streaming storage device into the market this month.

The G-Connect, first unveiled in mid-2011, was originally slated to hit stores in July, but was delayed so Hitachi could correct several usability issues, said Stacey Vrolyk, Hitachi GST marketing VP.

“This proved to be a very challenging product to develop and we wanted to make the experience correct. We expected it to be out already, but it was not up to par so we waited,” she said.

The G-Connect will ship in January with a $249 suggested retail. The original price tag was $199.

The 500GB G-Connect is designed to give the Apple iPad additional portable storage. The device, which has the same area as a 3-inch by 5-inch index card and is less than 1 inch thick, can simultaneously stream three HD or five standard-definition movies.

The G-Connect can also be used with Android devices, but customers must access it via the tablet’s web browser, at least until the Android app is completed at some point in the future, Vrolyk said.

The G-Connect is now the flagship product in the company’s G Technology unit, Vrolyk said

Hitachi GST will also bring its Series G-Technology with Thunderbolt line to Las Vegas.

These products are also positioned for the Apple prosumer, Vrolyk said.

Three SKUs will be offered at 4GB, 6TB and 8TB with respective prices of $799, $999 and $1,199.

Units shipped last month and will be in stores in January.


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