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HP will reportedly launch a touchscreen notebook this year and a netbook

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.

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Prep Windows 7
By lifeblood on 10/16/2008 2:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
I think they are getting ready for Windows 7. Isn't the touch based GUI the big feature of Windows 7?

Touch versus mouse is kinda moot. Use the mouse when it's appropriate, use the touch screen when its appropriate. I have a treo 600 smartphone and I use the keypad when I type messages, and the touch screen when dialing (with my finger) or playing solitaire (with the stylus). It doesn't have to be one or the other.

RE: Prep Windows 7
By highlandsun on 10/16/2008 4:47:51 PM , Rating: 2
Anything that makes you shift your hand from one main working position to another is a poor design. Keyboard+mouse is a terrible design because you have to lose your hand position on the keyboard to pick up the mouse...

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