I don't want a touch screen. How about saving the touch screen and making a $150 laptop?
Ignoring that the Android OS has advantages when using a touchscreen. I think you need to look for your saving elsewhere. We live in Bazarro world where my (relevantly) expensive low resolution and DPI touchless laptop cost's more than my relatively *cheap* touchsceen high DPI tablet. The bought a whole tablet yesterday for $100. I'd be surprised if the keyboard would cost $50.
I agree. However, the reason for the Laptop being more expensive has to do with the hardware requirements to run an OS that is capable of more than just content delivery. Most content creation requires more flexibility than a current Tablet can offer.
- Memory: Tablet only needs 1Gb to 2Gb for the OS. Laptop needs at least 4Gb.
- Storage: Tablet only needs 16Gb of cheap flash memory. Laptop has a 256Gb SSD or a 500Gb hard drive.
- Keyboard: Tablet has a virtual keyboard. Laptop has a physical keyboard and touchpad.
- CPU: Tablet has a lower end CPU. Laptop has a Intel i5 or i7 CPU, which is MUCH more powerful (most laptops now have two CPUs, a low power one and a high end one)
- Networking: Tablet has WiFi, Bluetooth. Laptop has Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth. Higher end tablets have Cell service, but not the $200 models.
- USB: Most Tablets require add-on for USB. Laptop has multiple built-in USB 3.0 ports.
- Display: Tablet has touchscreen, IPS HD display, HDMI. Laptop has mid-range display, HDMI.
- Sound: Tablet has low end sound and speakers. Laptop has higher end sound chipset and speakers.
The point is that Tablets have lower-end everything except for the display in comparison to a Laptop. This allows tablets to have a lower price point. I do agree that if a tablet can have an HD IPS display, there is no reason why laptops can't. The laptops that do have HD displays cost $300 to $400 more. The laptop manufacturers use the higher end displays as a way to increase margins.