Google is rumored to be in the process of developing a new touch enabled ChromeBook. The new 12.85-inch device will be manufactured by Taiwan-based Compal Electronics, according to DigiTimes. The touch panels will be shipped by the end of this year by Wintek. Also Read - Sony PlayStation 5 games launching in Aug, Sept that we are excited to play
Details are sketchy at the moment but it seems like this laptop will cost more than the $249 ChromeBook that Google has been promoting extensively in the US but it would still be the least expensive laptop of its kind.
More than a dozen laptops are available today that make complete use of Windows 8’s touch capabilities and most of them are fairly expensive with price tags of or above $700. Sony’s 13-inch UltraBook with touch is on sale at a whopping $1,299.
Asus’ 11.6-inch laptop costs $499 making it the cheapest touch screen laptop available among other moderately priced ones.
Google can afford to charge a couple of hundred dollars less but in any case it shouldn’t be anything more than $349 for the new touch-enabled ChromeBook.
It remains to be seen how the existing ChromeBooks will affect the PC industry as consumers have been stuck with Windows and Mac OS for the last couple of decades. Google is hoping to change that.
Only recently, Google launched a new ChromeBook for $249 made by Samsung, which utilized the company’s latest ARM based Exynos processor. Google could conceivable build an ARM based ChromeBook with touch capabilities that would compete well with Windows 8 or Windows RT based hardware on price. But it could risk cannibalizing its own Android based products that are essentially touch first. In fact, last year Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was quoted saying in the company would delve into a touch based hardware product then it would be running Android.