DigiTimes heard ultrabook makers will save costs by adopting hybrid HDD storage rather than solid state disks. The first wave of ultrabooks will primarily use SSDs, models with hybrid HDDs will follow later.
Since storage components account for about 10-15% of ultrabook's total cost, to fulfill Intel's goal of launching ultrabook with a price below US$1,000 and its demand of having a boot-up time in between 8-45 seconds and physical size smaller than a standard 9.5mm hard drive, notebook brand vendors have eyed hybrid HDD as their new storage choice.
Since Hybrid HDDs have a lower cost than standard solid state drives (SSD) but can still allow an ultrabook to have a fast boot up time and storage efficiency to fulfill Intel's guidelines, many brand vendors have already been evaluating related solutions. Acer has already launched a model under its S3 series adopting a 320GB HDD with a 20GB SSD.