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Google is said to be planning its own Chromebook for release during the first quarter of 2013, according to news sources in Asia. The notebook will reportedly boast a 12.85-inch touch display built by Taiwanese manufacturers Compal Electronics and Wintek, with initial shipments already making their way to Google.

The Chinese Commercial Times reports that the notebook will utilize optical lamination, which combines the display itself with the protective cover glass, reducing the overall thickness of the device. Apple uses the same manufacturing process with its new 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros.

Google’s existing low-cost Chromebooks have been manufactured by Acer and Samsung to date, and none of these boast touch-capable displays. Despite keeping very quiet about plans to produce its own hardware, The Next Web reports that rumors suggesting Google will produce its own touch-based notebook powered by the Chrome OS have been circulating since 2009.

According to the latest report, 2013 will be the year it finally materializes.

Would you like to see a touch-based Chromebook from Google?

[Via: The Next Web]