On Tuesday, ADATA announced that it will be launching the company’s second foray into wireless storage with the release of the DashDrive AE800. The hard disk drive (HDD) will be designed specifically to work with smartphones and tablets incorporating wireless connectivity allowing the drive to serve data to multiple mobile devices, while also functioning as a power bank and a wireless hotspot.
The AE800 offers 500GB of storage and will be able to stream data directly to iOS and Android mobile devices via the free downloadable DashDrive Air Elite App (available on Apple App Store and Google Play). The AE800 will also compatible with wireless enabled desktop and notebooks and can transfer data without the need of transmission cable. Additionally, in wireless mode the device can stream 1080p to three devices simultaneously or stream 720p video to five devices simultaneously.
The AE800 also operates as a wireless hotspot with support for 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking. The device is able to share an existing internet connection with up to 8 devices. The AE800 also helps to curb power hungry mobile devices with its 5,200 mAh power bank, which can recharge mobile devices. Devices can easily be charged directly through any of the devices USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports.
ADATA has to announce a specific release date or price for the AE800, but the device should be available from major electronics retailers relatively soon.