Sony promises touch-screen Vaio

In an interview with Laptop Mag, Sony exec says some Vaio notebooks will take advantage of touch capabilities in the upcoming Windows 7 release.

A Sony Vaio notebook with a touch-screen interface is on its way, a company executive said Thursday.

Sony Vaio P series
Might Sony add a touch screen to one of its notebooks, like the Vaio P? CNET

In an interview with Laptop Mag, Sony executive Mike Abary confirmed that an upcoming notebook will have a touch screen that will take advantage of that feature in the upcoming Windows 7 release this fall.

Here's what Abary said when asked about the possibility of a touch-screen notebook before the end of 2009:

There are certain things that will be native on Windows 7 that we are certainly going to take advantage of. Without giving too much away, we think touch on Windows 7 is something we find compelling and we will certainly introduce touch into some of our products at the launch of Win 7. You will see touch capabilities introduced on Vaio products that take advantage of Windows 7.

Whether this will come on a Sony Vaio notebook like the Vaio P model or the Vaio W Netbook remains to be seen.

Sony will likely have competition in the touch-screen notebook category once Windows 7 is released in late October . Though there are some on the market already, they tend to be convertible notebooks, like the kind from Hewlett-Packard and Asus. And these tend to be favored by business customers.

Do you see yourself using a traditional notebook or Netbook with a touch screen? Would it add that much more to ease of use or productivity for you? Chime in below.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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