Report: Touchscreens to Become a Standard Specification for 3rd Generation Intel Ultrabooks

According to DigiTimes' "sources from the upstream supply chain," Intel has decided to make touchscreens a standard specification for all third generation ultrabooks that are expected to arrive following the release of the Haswell range of processors.

Though Windows 8 certainly benefits from a touch interface, Intel's decision to mandate its inclusion seems unwise given the continuing shortage of touch panels, increasing DRAM prices and Intel's rumored Haswell price hike. These factors, when combined, are expected to increase costs by $70 to $80 per unit.

The unnamed sources further added that despite Intel's 20 percent increase in marketing subsidies and promises to its partners a smooth supply for "key components," they believe that this strategy will greatly shrink ODM profits and not benefit the overall business of Intel's partners.

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  • Fingerprint smudges become standard on your $1200 laptop. Yay.

    I personally prefer a smudge-free screens to the maximum extent possible. Not to mention how much of an ergonomic hazard touch screens on laptops/desktops will likely be unless the devices are convertible tablets.
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  • We bought one touch screen laptop in the past year with Windows 8. The touch portion along with the start screen were used 2-3 times and then it was back to using the notebook the traditional way, except with a whole lot more clicking to get things done. Intel doesn't need to require touch screens, Microsoft needs to add a start button and desktop-default mode !
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  • Fingerprint smudges become standard on your $1200 laptop. Yay.

    I personally prefer a smudge-free screens to the maximum extent possible. Not to mention how much of an ergonomic hazard touch screens on laptops/desktops will likely be unless the devices are convertible tablets.
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  • I'd rather use numpad to move the mouse pointer around than having anything to do with touch.
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  • I dont mind touch, but find a way to get rid of smudges and I will look into it.
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