Recent research from analyst firm IDC says that the arrival of mobile phones incorporating hard drives will “require a number of further evolutionary steps” before such technology is good for consumers.

“The addition of hard drive storage will eventually address many of the limitations that have kept converged devices from reaching their full potential,” says Alex Slawsby, senior research analyst in IDC’s Mobile Devices service.

“Handsets already have the killer application of wireless telephony, and adding increased storage will make them a viable option for extensive music, imaging, reference, and business applications.”

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