Touch Screens May Get Pricier Due to Shortage in Supply

According to Digitimes, an explosion at a chemical plant in Japan has caused vendors to more fiercely compete for the available supply of thin-film type touch screen materials. The publication stated that Samsung is especially aggressive and is "putting in twice the amount of orders it normally does".

The constrained environment is amplified by new product releases such as the iPad mini, as well as Microsoft's Surface tablet. The report suggests that supply is currently running 30 percent short of actual demand, which is more than likely resulting in a notable price increase of touch screens.

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  • Anonymous
    That's going to hurt Windows 8. That OS depends on touchscreens too much.
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  • chewy1963
    Ha ha Micro$oft, another reason you're going to take a bath from Win 8! :lol:
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  • echondo
    chewy1963Ha ha Micro$oft, another reason you're going to take a bath from Win 8!

    Forest_GSThat's going to hurt Windows 8. That OS depends on touchscreens too much.


    All tablets, albeit Apple, Android and Windows, will ALL take a hit from this if they use the same material film, which 2 of them do as stated in the article.

    This doesn't just affect Windows 8, so ignorant.
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