Ultrabooks are starting to hit the streets and they are coming out at below the expected price point with models like the Toshiba Z830 or the ASUS series coming is at $899. In order to keep the price low and the performance high, apparently manufactures are considering to use a hybrid systen of hard disc drives (HDD) and SSD.
Since storage components account for about 10-15% of’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 .5mm hard drive, notebook brand vendors have eyed hybrid HDD as their new storage choice.
Since the price is lower they’ll have an increased profit margin while keeping fast boot up time and storage efficiency to fulfill Intel’s guidelines. Acer has already launched a model under its S3 series adopting a 320GB HDD with a 20GB SSD.
Although the initial wave of ultrabook models is still mainly adopting SSDs, models with hybrid HDDs may start appearing in later waves of ultrabook to provide a decent price range.