is developing a consumer notebook computer with a touch screen that will debut before year end, the
Wall Street Journal
The computer will include special H-P software that supports the touch screen, according to the
, which cited people familiar with the matter. Other details, such as pricing, were unclear.
The new laptop is the latest in a series of touch-oriented devices, including an upcoming line of cell phones, that will become a priority of H-P's consumer strategy as it tries to differentiate itself from rivals such as
, the newspaper reports.
H-P began promoting touch screens last year with a big-screen desktop PC called the TouchSmart.
Touch-sensitive technology allows computer users to move items around on the screen or open files, much like a mouse or keyboard.
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