HP, Acer and Lenovo Plan Multitouch Windows 7 Notebooks

LG ultra-thin notebooks for second half of 2009

The much-anticipated launch of Microsoft's next-generation operating system, Windows 7, due out on October 22, is expected to be the starting point of a new wave of computer systems, specifically designed to bring out the best that this new OS has to offer. On that note, according to industry sources, some of the world's largest vendors of computer systems are expected to launch new machines equipped with multi-touch LCD panels to be supported by touch features bundled in Microsoft's much-hyped Windows OS. HP, Acer and Lenovo will be among the first companies to roll out touchscreen notebooks featured with Windows 7.


According to Digitimes relatively reliable “industry sources,” Taiwan-based color filter (CF) maker Cando, a subsidiary of AU Optronics (AUO), has recently landed orders from leading PC vendors like HP, Acer and Lenovo, for capacitive touch panels. The orders are expected to start shipping later this year, in August. In addition, the company's 12.1-inch capacitive multi-touch panels have recently been certified as being Windows 7-compatible, pointing to a possible future release of new touch-enabled Windows 7 portable computer systems.


There are no official confirmations available from either of the aforementioned companies, but it's widely expected that notebook vendors will be rolling out new systems designed to provide users with a choice for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 OS. Taking advantage of the new features enabled by MSI' next-gen OS, users are to be provided with an enhanced computing experience.


In related news, MSI is said to have landed orders from LG for ultra-thin notebook systems, which are expected to become available in the second half of this year. Unfortunately, no specific details have been provided on these laptops, but LG is said to be in talks with telecom providers regarding a bundle with WWAN connectivity, which implies that these notebooks are to be featured with 3G.

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