Touch Notebooks To Account For 15% Of The Market By The End Of The Year

Windows 8 and touchscreens never gets old. Microsoft itself, along with market analysts have cited the lack of touch enabled devices as one of the reasons for the less than stellar uptake of its new OS.

Even as of right now, things have not settled as much as the industry would have liked.

Panel makers are yet to ramp up production on PC touchscreen panels, particularly for notebooks, citing supply and demand issues, and pricing still remains on the higher end of the spectrum.

This means that even with market research firms recently stating their forecast that the market is about to grow, and how large a percentage of PCs will comprise of touch enabled models, things are still yet to pick up pace.

Sure, forecasts have varied, but the overall feeling is the same — touchscreen notebooks will increasingly make up a large portion of overall laptop sales.

WitsView, another market research firm believes that the second half of 2013 will end with touchscreen notebooks accounting for around 15 percent of all laptop sales. Even as tablets get close to overtaking overall laptop sales, touchscreens notebooks are poised to increase their market share.

Total shipments for the year, according to the research firm, will be 175.4 million units, which is down 5 percent from the figures recorded in 2012.