Google to launch touchscreen laptop

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This is according to the China Times, which reports that 20 million units of a 12.85-inch Chromebook with touchscreen will be manufactured by Taiwan-based company Compal, the Telegraph reports.

The new machine is likely to also feature a traditional keyboard, making it user-friendly for those still getting to grips with touchscreen capability.

It is anticipated that shipments of the computer will get underway before the end of 2012, although Google declined to comment on the release.

The Telegraph noted the company previously indicated touchscreen laptops could be in the pipeline back in May this year.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president in charge of Chrome and Google Apps, explained to CNET: “We are deeply incorporating touch so if people want to ship something with a touch screen, we can do that as well.”

Google appears to be following in the footsteps of fellow technology giants Apple and Microsoft – which have released the iPad and the Surface respectively – in bringing out touchscreen devices and suggesting they will embrace laptop and touchscreen hybrids in the future.

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