Touchscreen Notebooks Could See Up to 25% Price Drop

Earlier this month, it was reported that Intel would require the inclusion of touchscreens on all 3rd generation Ultrabooks, a move that was expected to significantly increase prices due to a number of factors, including the continuing shortage of touch panels. 

To offset this, Intel was reportedly increasing its marketing subsidies to manufacturers. According to a report from DigiTimes, Intel's plan, in conjunction with Microsoft's licensing fees, has been successful since Taiwan-based notebook manufacturers will be reducing the prices of touchscreen equipped notebooks by 20 to 25 percent.

The price drop is expected to occur during this year's SOFTEX convention. It will help "boost touchscreen notebook demand and push sales proportions to 20%" and reduce the price differences between touchscreen and non-touchscreen notebooks.

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  • JOSHSKORN
    Touchscreen prices can drop all they want, Keyboards/Mice will not die in the foreseeable future.
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  • JOSHSKORN
    Touchscreen prices can drop all they want, Keyboards/Mice will not die in the foreseeable future.
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  • merikafyeah
    I have no idea why people would ever think that the keyboard and mouse will be replaced by touch screens? Smart people treat touch screens news as good news because in my reality having more options is a good thing and not something to dread. I suppose the type of people who don't like touchscreens are the type that have this fantasy that touch screens will, for some inexplicable reason, render their mouse and keyboard useless, which could never happen so long as you have a working USB port, but y'know, details.
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  • bourgeoisdude
    I have yet to see a touchscreen that rendered my mouse/keyboard inoperable, so I think you're safe. I think it is a good thing. For those of us who use Windows 8, it really does work better with touch capability, even if I still use mouse/keyboard 80% of the time.
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