Google will launch a touchscreen laptop to rival the Microsoft Surface in an update to the recent revamp of its Chromebook, according to Chinese reports.
The future of laptops offering a combination of touchscreen capability and a traditional keyboard seems further assured today as the China Times reports that Taiwan-based Compal will manufacture an initial 20 million units of a 12.85 inch Chromebook with a touchscreen.
Google declined to comment on the reports, even though shipment would supposedly begin by the end of this year.
The price of the new Chromebook is likely to be much higher than the current £229 model manufactured by Samsung, which was upgraded in September to include a more familiar computing environment, adopting a desktop and a series of windows based on the Google Chrome web browser.
Google had hinted at a move towards touchscreen laptops in May, when Sundar Pichai, senior vice president in charge of Chrome and Google Apps, told CNET: "We are deeply incorporating touch so if people want to ship something with a touch screen, we can do that as well."