Intel logoIntel announced yesterday at the Intel conference that touch-based ultrathin notebooks (ultrabooks) running Windows 8 will be a big focus for the company next year.

However one of the main problems with touch is that the components for touch-based displays are pretty costly. Intel will be investing money and resources into finding ways to accelerate the cost reduction of touch.

With Windows 8 featuring a touch-centric Metro user interface, it is important for Intel to be able to take full advantage of it.

But of course, we should still be seeing regular (cheaper) laptops for the more traditional users who aren’t looking for touch devices. Intel expects to sell their touch-based ultrabooks at around $699 to $799.

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