29 Sep '14, 8am
Vendors stop developing touchscreen notebooks
Vendors stop developing touchscreen notebooks Monica Chen, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 29 September 2014] As demand for touchscreen notebooks has been far weaker than expected, notebook vendors have stopped developing touch-enabled notebooks for the fourth quarter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. While demand for smartphones and tablets continues to dampen notebooks' sales, notebook users still favor the mouse-and-keyboard mode. Touchscreen noteboos are even less appealing because of the fact that adding a touch panel means extra production cost and higher retail price for the device. The weak demand for touchscreen notebooks is greatly impacting Intel and Microsoft, both of which have been aggressively promoting the touch functions on notebooks, the sources noted. Notebook vendors will now only add touchscreens to their 2-in-1 devices and p...