HP introduced its desktop touchscreen computer called the TouchSmart last year and showed the systems off heavily at CES in 2007. The Wall Street Journal reports that HP is now looking to release a wide variety of touchscreen devices to address a market that it feels isn’t being properly addressed.
The Wall Street Journal cites sources close to HP that claim the world's top PC company will be shipping a touchscreen notebook before the end of the year, that isn't a tablet. Details on the notebook are scarce, but what we do know is that the machine will have a touchscreen and HP software to support the touchscreen. Likely, the system will be a pared down portable version of HP's existing TouchSmart computer.
Sources also tell The Wall Street Journal that HP is going to be bringing a complete line of touchscreen phones to market with sales of the mobile phones expected to begin in Europe this year and in the U.S. within a year or so.
HP is also said to be readying a new netbook with a 10-inch screen for this year. HP’s smallest current offering is the Mini-Note with an 8.9” display and an underperforming VIA C7-M processor. Netbooks have been singled out as the strong point in soft PC sales globally. The netbook won’t be one of the touchscreen devices says The Wall Street Journal.
HP didn’t comment on the products, and simply stated that it would be bringing a whole line of touchscreen devices to market at a future date.
quote: Personally, a device i would find useful would simply be a wireless touchscreen monitor. With that you could have a computer hidden away, and take the monitor with you as both the display device, and primary input device.