Will Windows 8 cause price jumps for notebooks?

As Windows 8 gets closer to its (expected) fall 2012 launch, PC manufacturers are already designing PC desktops and notebooks that will support the Metro-style touch screen interface. But will prices of Windows 8 notebooks be priced higher in order to support these new features? That's the claim of a new Digitimes report.

The story, which cites unnamed sources, claims that there are a series of factors that could lead to higher prices for Windows 8 notebooks. One is the hardware needed to support the Windows 8 Metro touch screen features. The story also claims that Intel is unwilling to lower the price point for its processor. Finally, PC vendors themselves supposedly are unwilling to lower the cost on their end.

The story claims that because of all of these factors, " ... PC vendors are currently facing great pressure as strong demand may not emerge as they originally expected."

All of these issues may be moot if one or more of these parties are willing to cut their prices. Also, while many notebook makers may want to offer touch-screen Windows 8 notebooks for its launch, it's also possible that many will choose not to support the touch screen features when the OS is released.

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So, laptops are dirt cheap anyway. All this cost down is making it difficult for people to walk into a store a buy a decent windows laptop off the shelf compared with the Apple Stuff sitting right next to it. More vendors need middle-of-the-road machines like the HP envy. The touch technology is a couple of dollars at most, especially when we are talking <18" displays.

Yes, cause the Kindle Fire, 20 other Android Tablets, and 30 other Windows Slate/Tablet devices already on the market for under $400 are showing how 'expensive' touch screen technology is today.

It is time we move to more interface options, but people will still buy NON-touch devices too. Metro really does work well with a keyboard, mouse and other traditional input devices.

Really?

Only for those notebooks which have touch-sensitive screens. For the vast majority of "rest of us," who will be using traditional keyboards/mice, it will be "business as usual."

TsarNikky said,
Only for those notebooks which have touch-sensitive screens. For the vast majority of "rest of us," who will be using traditional keyboards/mice, it will be "business as usual."

And they will discover that Windows 8 is just as usable (without touch) as Windows 7 is today (very usable). The only folks complaining about the Start menu (the lack thereof) are without question tied directly to it in terms of their preferences; what I find real interesting is that most of them can't even explain how - or why - that is. (I've asked that question, and the answers I've gotten from the detractors and critics of Windows 8 sound like responses from an ad for a certain Kellogg's cereal, which is targeted at pre-teens and tweens - and I didn't ask that age group the question.)

PGHammer said,

And they will discover that Windows 8 is just as usable (without touch) as Windows 7 is today (very usable). The only folks complaining about the Start menu (the lack thereof) are without question tied directly to it in terms of their preferences; what I find real interesting is that most of them can't even explain how - or why - that is. (I've asked that question, and the answers I've gotten from the detractors and critics of Windows 8 sound like responses from an ad for a certain Kellogg's cereal, which is targeted at pre-teens and tweens - and I didn't ask that age group the question.)


Try it takes way fewer clicks to do things with windows 7 than it does with windows 8. It gets even worse if the metro interface does not fit entirely on the screen. Stuff is not laid out in any logical manner.

They're reducing the number of models,and whilst keeping a 'cheap' model, will have more 'premium' models that are priced to a) counter the cheap model and b) still create profit.
But this is GOOD - because you get less models from each company, thus choice becomes easier, and should be a higher quality product.

Touch technologies supported by Windows 8 will indeed drive the unit cost up.
The article merely suggests that OEMs plan is to drop that cost directly onto the consumer.

This is only short-term as an increased demand for touch technologies will only lower the price over time.

Why didn't XP tablet or Vista Tablet or Win 7 Tablet take off?
Because MS were the only ones using the technology and thus added about $1000 -> $300 to the retail price that consumers like me actually paid for.

When these people learn how economics work, maybe we'll get more newsworthy stories.

If its a touch screen, it most likely will jack up the price, whether it costs more or not.

It probably will also raise the price of tablets. It all depends how much Microsoft tries to take.

I honestly don't see the point in having a touch screen in a regular notebook or desktop computer. Sitting with your arm stretched out for a extended period of time just isn't very comfortable.

I don't get it. It is just a matter of few months what would you get from such "predictions" ? (Not you John ) I mean even if they are true it doesn't change today...

No touch , no way to use Windows 8. Would be like releasing a blu ray player that doesn't play dvd's. They gotta find some temp touch solution for those without it.

PatrynXX said,
No touch , no way to use Windows 8. Would be like releasing a blu ray player that doesn't play dvd's. They gotta find some temp touch solution for those without it.

Funny. I've been using Windows 8 without touch for the past few months. Hmm...

Dot Matrix said,

Funny. I've been using Windows 8 without touch for the past few months. Hmm...


I did too… hated the experience. Your point?

If anything there will be a price decrease, considering the backlash they are getting for this no start menu crap. Even the server version is like this. What I see happening is a way to downgrade like they did with vista to xp but for 8 to 7.

So how much is a touch based notebook now? I have not seen a price(i don't think i have actually seen a touch based notebook at all) of one of these to compare the price dropping or increasing. Seems a made up speculation.

lol because digitimes reports are a trustworthy source! and lets face it, its not as if all manufactures are suddenly going to be producing products with touchscreen interfaces unless there is an explicit demand for them. Which for the most part, is highly unlikely.

"The story also claims that Intel is unwilling to lower the price point for its processor" Well good we still have AMD and their Ultrathin notebooks based on Trinity. They will offer lower prices, better graphics and support for touch screen input. AMD should have a good chance to get back into the game when it comes to notebooks, If they play their cards right when Windows 8 launches.

Someone channel Steve Jobs so we can make sure that we're getting people to want something they don't know they need in the most effective way.

Wait, so people will have to pay more for a machine that has additional hardware features than they would if they bought a machine that didn't have say a touch screen? Huh. Who would have thought that?

webdev511 said,
Wait, so people will have to pay more for a machine that has additional hardware features than they would if they bought a machine that didn't have say a touch screen? Huh. Who would have thought that?

If they want it on the larger devices and monitors, I can definitely see the prices going up. The cost of notebook screens would go up too if you want the usual 15"-17" models. That's expected but they can bring costs down and have so the prices shouldn't go up much if at all. Desktop prices shouldn't change at all other than monitor prices. Anyone who thinks notebooks are going to stay the same in the beginning is going to get a wakeup call very soon.

webdev511 said,
Wait, so people will have to pay more for a machine that has additional hardware features than they would if they bought a machine that didn't have say a touch screen? Huh. Who would have thought that?

Yeah, this one is particularly ridiculous. lol

The Laughing Man said,
time frame "fall 2010 launch"

These comments look really stupid when 'report a problem' would get the typos corrected just as fast.

deadonthefloor said,

These comments look really stupid when 'report a problem' would get the typos corrected just as fast.

I did report it, then I wrote the comment, Problem?