Fresh from the launch of its TouchSmart touch-screen desktop PCs, HP is cooking up a whole line of touch-screen devices, according to a story by the Wall Street Journal. Quoting "people familiar with the matter," the WSJ says HP is developing both a consumer notebook and a range of cell phones with touch-screen displays.
Few details have slipped out about the notebook so far, but you can reportedly look forward to an announcement from HP some time before the end of the year. The machine will feature "special H-P software that supports the touch screen," perhaps similarly to the TouchSmart. HP's TouchSmart desktops run Windows Vista, but they come pre-installed with an application that effectively replaces the Windows desktop with a tile-based interface. The app has subsections for viewing photo galleries, browsing music libraries, editing images, and other tasks. Since HP already offers tablet PCs for business users, a more consumer-focused system could make sense.
In the same story, the WSJ also mentions a looming HP netbook with a 10" display and an "upcoming line of cellphones." The netbook could succeed HP's 8.9" 2133 Mini-Note, and it will reportedly come out later this year. Don't expect to find a touch-screen display in that particular system, though.
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