Report: HP working on touchscreen laptop; new netbook

Report: HP working on touchscreen laptop; new netbook

Summary: The company behind the Touchsmart all-in-one desktops is planning to release a notebook PC with a touchscreen display before the end of the year, according to a report in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required). HP has hired Frog Design--the company behind the HP Touchsmart IQ500 and IQ800--to design the hardware while an internal team is refining the touch-enabled user interface that runs on top of Microsoft Windows.

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The company behind the Touchsmart all-in-one desktops is planning to release a notebook PC with a touchscreen display before the end of the year, according to a report in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required). HP has hired Frog Design--the company behind the HP Touchsmart IQ500 and IQ800--to design the hardware while an internal team is refining the touch-enabled user interface that runs on top of Microsoft Windows. (This seems to be the same group that prompted Business Week to suggest earlier this year that HP was developing its own operating system.) HP confirmed that the company is working on a family of touchscreen devices, but gave no details.

The Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro announced on Tuesday have an updated version of the company's multi-touch technology, but it only works with the glass touchpad. Apple's notebooks do not have touchscreen displays. Earlier this week the DigiTimes site reported that Asus was planning to release touchscreen versions of its Eee PC netbook in the second quarter of 2009. HP is also expected to release a new netbook before the end of the year, according got the same WSJ story, but it will use a standard display. HP's current netbook, the Mini-Note 2133, uses a Via C7-M processor, but most competitors now use Intel Atom chips.

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Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard

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  • It's all in preparation for Windows 7

    Since Windows 7 is going to support touch and gesture input, it's no suprise that these companies begin working on the hardware now. I'm certain that Microsoft has been working with them to ensure that their hardware meets the requirements. The HP touch smart is Apple-like asthetically pleasing (at least from what I've seen in pictures), so I can't wait to buy my first touch notebook when Windows 7 is released.
    General C#
  • RE: Report: HP working on touchscreen laptop; new netbook

    Doesn't HP already have a Touchscreen Laptop with the tx2500-series Pavilion or the Compaq 2730. Either of these will work with either a finger touch or a stylus? Someone want to let me in on what the big deal is?
    DON.UYY@...
    • I think the difference is the interface

      I have a tx2525nr and it does have a touch screen. After owning it for a month and a half, I'm sure I'll get to use it as soon as it's out of the repair shop.
      happyharry_z
  • A couple years from now...

    In a few years, all this touchy feely screeny stuff
    will be passe. Neat to talk about now, but very
    useless in the vast majority of computing needs. Kind
    of like web cams. Neat, but useless in the long run.
    Narg
    • "useless in the long run."?

      Unless you're a teacher who needs to describe things visually (geometry, chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, etc.) or mathematically (where typing in math equations is neither fast nor intuitive), or a student who has to take notes (whether in classes like the above or others where you could be highlighting/annotating a PDF of a document). For these two tasks, a touchscreen (actually, better a stylus-sensitive screen) makes your job much, much easier.
      cd2_z