<![CDATA[Touch Panel Control]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/ Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:18:29 +0000 http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/skin/frontend/default/tpc2/images/rss-png.png Touch Panel Control http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/ Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Sony Xperia Z1S appears in pictures]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Sony-Xperia-Z1S-appears-in-pictures/ 0777d5c17d4066b82ab86dff8a46af6f Sony is set to launch a smaller version of its Xperia Z1 smartphone, this time known as the Z1S, with images of the device published this week by IntoMobile.

The Z1S is thought to have a 4.3-inch touch panel display and use IPS technology as opposed to the standard TFT units that Sony tends to choose for its smartphones.

The touch panel will have a 720p HD resolution, rather than the 1080p pixel count of its larger sibling. On the inside, things are kept the same, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor combined with two gigs of RAM and 32GB of available storage space.

More good news is that the Z1S will have the same 20.7 megapixel camera as the full sized Z1, which will help it to give rivals like the Nokia Lumia 1020 a run for their money.

Sony has yet to officially confirm the existence of the Z1S, but with more and more leaked images and information surfacing all the time, it is safe to assume that an announcement is on the way. With no major downsides this pocket-friendly device could be a hit when it hits the market in the next few months.

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Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:08:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Sony updates PS Vita hardware, retains big touch panel display]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Sony-updates-PS-Vita-hardware-retains-big-touch-panel-display/ b3e3e393c77e35a4a3f3cbd1e429b5dc The PlayStation Vita has not been the commercial success that Sony had been hoping for in the handheld space, particularly since the rise of smartphone gaming has made it harder for dedicated consoles like this to thrive.

However, a redesigned version of the Vita was announced this week in Tokyo, revealing that Sony has managed to retain its big touch panel display, while reducing the thickness and weight of the unit, when compared with its predecessor.

Known as the Vita 2000, it is a fifth thinner and 15 per cent lighter, with 1GB of built in storage space made available as standard.

A new battery is also onboard, which should give it an hour more play time from a single charge, according to TechRadar.

The Vita 2000 will still sport the same five inch OLED touch panel display as its predecessor, as well as being compatible with all the same games.

There were rumours that Sony is planning to bundle the Vita with its upcoming PlayStation 4 console in a double pack, that compliments each device, but these have yet to be substantiated ahead of its November launch date in Europe.

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Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:23:52 +0000
<![CDATA[New Sony tablet hybrid rumoured for imminent launch]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/New-Sony-tablet-hybrid-rumoured-for-imminent-launch/ 1385974ed5904a438616ff7bdb3f7439 Sony could be pulling back the curtains on a new touch panel tablet in the next couple of weeks, with reports suggesting that this device will be known as the Xperia ZU.

The device will stretch the boundaries of what can be considered as a smartphone, since while it will feature mobile calling capabilities, it will also be endowed with a 6.44 inch touch panel display, which makes it only a fraction smaller than tablets like the Google Nexus 7.

VR-Zone reports that the Xperia ZU will be powered by an impressive 2.3GHz quad core processor and could make its debut at a launch event in Germany on June 25th.

The Xperia ZU will need to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note range in the so-called 'phablet' market and will also be facing off against rival devices from Huawei.

A growing number of smartphones now have displays of six inches or more, while even mainstream handsets, like the Samsung Galaxy S3, opts for touch panels that measure around five inches across the diagonal.

There is clearly enough demand to merit the creation of these phones, although their portability is clearly a matter for debate.

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Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:17:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Sony's 20 inch touch panel experiment]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Sonys-20-inch-touch-panel-experiment/ a3c65c2974270fd093ee8a9bf8ae7d0b Sony has recently revealed the Vaio Tap 20, which is an all in one desktop PC solution with a few special features.

Combining a touchscreen display with a desktop machine is not a new idea, but Sony has chosen to give the full HD 1080p panel of its Tap 20 device the unusual feature of being able to run from a built-in battery.

This essentially turns the whole thing into one oversized tablet, which is not reliant on a mains power supply.

While you can use a keyboard and mouse to control things while the Tap 20 is propped on a desk, you can also detach all of the wires and take it away as a single unit that can be used on your lap, or placed flat on any available surface.

Using the touch-optimised Windows 8 operating system, the Tap 20 is not only larger than other tablet devices but also has more powerful components. An Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive are all present and correct.

It weighs over five kilograms, so it is not exactly portable. But as a fresh approach to Windows 8 and tablet-style computing, the Tap 20 is definitely an intriguing experiment.

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Thu, 25 Oct 2012 01:44:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Sony developing touch panel tablet]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Sony-developing-touch-panel-tablet/ 35f4a8d465e6e1edc05f3d8ab658c551 Sony is hard at work on its next generation of tablets to replace the current S and P models, which are available on the market at the moment.

A series of benchmarks carried out by NenaMark have uncovered the existence of the previously unheard of Sony tablet, which has the model name of V150.

Reports suggest that the touch panel tablet will sport a native resolution of 1280x752 for some lovely HD visuals, although the iPad 3's pixel count is still significantly higher.

Inside a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.4GHz will be humming away, powering version 4.0 of the Android operating system, presumably with Sony's own interface laid on top.

In terms of raw performance, the quad core chip inside the V150 is easily able to outdo the dual core CPU found onboard Sony's previous tablets.

It is not yet clear precisely what size touch panel screen will be present on this upcoming release, although it will presumably be between 7 and 10 inches, given the typical tablet areas available at the moment.

The main issue for Sony will be making its next generation tablets stand out from the new Apple iPad, particularly in terms of price.

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Wed, 21 Mar 2012 23:22:47 +0000