It looks like you can expect to see lots of familiar-looking laptops get upgraded with touch in time for the Windows 8 launch. It’s kind of a trendy thing right now. For instance HP has just announced two conventional notebooks that now have touch.
This includes a version of the 14-inch Envy 4 Ultrabook and the Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook, a 15-inch version of the Spectre XT announced earlier this year. I can certainly see many companies following suit here and adding some touch to old standard laptops.
Both of these will be available during the holiday season. The Spectre XT is the same design introduced on the 13-inch XT, right down to that soft-touch bottom. It’s bigger, though, and offers up to a 1080p IPS touchscreen. The Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 has the same design as the current Envy Ultrabooks and Sleekbooks, except the touchscreen adds a little weight’