HP wants to be touched...again

The Wall Street Journal claims Hewlett-Packard plans to sell new touch-screen laptop in 2008.

Consumers itching for something to spend their money on this holiday season--all two of you--may be interested in Hewlett-Packard's continued touch-screen aspirations.

On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that HP plans to release a touch-screen-enabled laptop by year's end. Price and exact release date were unavailable at this time.

Last year HP released the TouchSmart IQ770 and this year the IQ506 . Both are touch-screen desktops that were HP's first major forays into the technology.

According to the article, the new laptop is only the latest in a series of touch-oriented devices, including an upcoming line of cell phones that will become a priority of HP's consumer strategy.

WSJ sources commented that HP is "building a whole family of touch." The sources went on to say that HP is working on a line of consumer cell phones that feature touch screens and the first such phone will be introduced in Europe this year. HP plans to start selling the phones through a U.S. cellular carrier within the next year or so, according to the article.

The article also mentions that HP is planning to introduce a new 10-inch screen Netbook this year. The Netbook will reportedly not have a touch screen however.

About the author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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