Seagate will stop making 2.5” 7,200rpm drives
The decision comes mainly due to the falling prices of solid state drives. While SSD prices are still sky high when comparing the $/GB rate with mechanical drives; a smaller capacity SSD (30GB) with a 5,400rpm drive provides a faster and cheaper solution than Seagate's Momentus XT which pairs a 7,200rpm drive with 8GB flash.
For laptop manufacturers, 7,200rpm drives are still a premium add-on, and plugging in smaller capacity SSDs, even up to 64GB provides better value to customers than 7,200rpm drives. As for the high-end laptops, especially gaming machines, having double drives is not a big deal, so a separate SSD drive for Windows and another mechanical drive for data storage is pretty common.
No word yet on whether Seagate will introduce a larger flash capacity Momentus XT drive to compete with the hybrid solutions available in the market, but by next year their 7,200rpm drives will be history.