If it’s the first time you hear about LePan - don’t worry, you’re not alone. The company’s tablets are selling on Amazon and other etailers, but it’s far from being a well established electronics maker. Still, its budget offerings at CES caught our eye with hardware on par with competition, but a price way below them.
The LePan III tablet
is the company’s flagship: it arrives with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and sports a very capable TI OMAP 4460 dual-core chip clocked at 1.5GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM. It’s got expandable memory via a microSD card slot, and connectivity is well covered with Bluetooth 4.0 and the usual GPS and Wi-Fi modules.
The back of the LePan III houses a 5-megapixel camera supporting 1080p video capture, while up front there’s a 2-megapixel shooter. Interestingly, via adapters you can get Ethernet connectivity, and also a full-sized USB port.
LePan is also unveiling the TC978
, which is stripped down of some of the luxury of its LePan III sibling. A 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM run the Honeycomb show (no ICS here, folks). Weirdly, there’s no information about the screen size of both tablets, but assumedly they all sport 9.7” 1024 x 768-pixel
displays like the one on the LePan II.
Stay tuned for a release date and pricing details about the two. As a reference, the earlier LePan II model will be available for $299.