Ultrabooks will soon be 100 percent touch. And touch laptops made gains in August, NPD says.aIntel's annual developers forum this week, Intel Senior President Kirk Skaugen said that 70 percent of retail ultrabooks are now touch and "on the way to 100 percent."
Windows 8 touch-screen ultrabooks fall into three basic categories: standard clamshell laptops with touch screens, hybrid convertibles with swivel touch displays, and detachables that separate from a keyboard base to become a standalone tablet.
Though ultrabooks are still a minor share of total Windows PC sales, there has been recent jump in growth of touch laptops, according to Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at the NPD Group.
"Touch has been doing much better in August than in any other month," Baker said in a response to an e-mail query.
August market share for touch is about 30 percent of all Windows 8 notebooks at retail, he said. That's a big improvement over the first three months of the year when touch-enabled laptops were only about 10 percent of Windows 8 notebooks at retail,