<![CDATA[Touch Panel Control]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/ Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:15:11 +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[Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 rumoured for January launch]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-12.2-rumoured-for-January-launch/ 82aa4b0af34c2313a562076992e50aa3 Samsung is apparently working on a tablet with a 14.1 inch touch panel display, making it one of the largest devices of its kind.

Now Engadget reports that an FCC filing in the US has confirmed the existence of the device, which will apparently be known as the Galaxy Note 12.2.

Since it is part of the Galaxy Note family, it is also expected to feature the S Pen stylus, offering users a different way to engage with its touch panel display.

The tablet will be making its first appearance during the Consumer Electronics Show in January of 2014, which as always, is taking place in Las Vegas.

Insiders believe that it will feature a 2560x1600 resolution on its large display, along with an octa core processor from Samsung's own Exynos family.

Of course, there is a little confusion over the actual screen size, as the name tag suggests that it would be more likely to boast a 12.2 inch display.

Whatever the case, Samsung's love affair with larger devices is still helping it to innovate in the smartphone and tablet market and it will be interesting to see whether Apple's next iPad comes in a bigger size next year.

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Wed, 13 Nov 2013 02:14:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Eight inch touch panel tablet from Nokia rumoured]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Eight-inch-touch-panel-tablet-from-Nokia-rumoured/ bd4c9ab730f5513206b999ec0d90d1fb Nokia has already pulled back the curtains on the Lumia 2520 tablet, which sports a 10.1 inch touch panel display and runs the Windows RT operating system. But now information, posted by evleaks, has suggested that a smaller, eight inch iteration is on the way from this Finnish manufacturer.

This will put it directly in competition with the comparably sized iPad Mini 2, with ideal circumstances also equipping it with the Snapdragon 800 quad core processor, which powers both the Lumia 2520 and the 1520 smartphone.

Internally, it is thought that Nokia is calling the device the Illusionist during development, but you can bet that it will join the Lumia range with a numerical nametag at launch.

This week, new figures showed that Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system had seen triple digit growth over the past year, now account for over 11 per cent of the European mobile market.

Nokia is the chief beneficiary of this growth and the company's mobile division is even a part of Microsoft's family, following its acquisition.

Windows RT and Windows 8 still need to carve a niche for themselves in the tablet market, but if this has already been achieved with smartphones, then there is nothing standing in the way of growth elsewhere.

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Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:42:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Curved touch panel display comes to LG G Flex]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Curved-touch-panel-display-comes-to-LG-G-Flex/ b73ce398c39f506af761d2277d853a92 Several manufacturers have been threatening to introduce curvy smartphones to mix up things in an otherwise flat market, with Samsung recently unveiling the Galaxy Round with its concave touch panel display marking an interesting step forwards in mobile technology.

Now its domestic rival LG has piled on the pressure with the G Flex, a six inch phablet with a 720p display that, as the name suggests, is also curved.

Slightly misleadingly, this is not a flexible phone, but merely one that takes on a fixed position with a rigid chassis, which happens to angle the screen inwards, making it simpler to engage with the touch panel using a single hand.

A Snapdragon 800 processor thrums away on the inside and the G Flex should be a capable performer, running the latest version of Android.

The South Korean market is going to be the first to get the G Flex and LG has yet to make clear whether or not an international release is also on the cards. But you can be certain that a lot more phones with curved and flexible touch panel displays will be touching down in the next 12 months.

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Thu, 31 Oct 2013 01:38:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Lenovo launches Android-powered touch panel laptop]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Lenovo-launches-Android-powered-touch-panel-laptop/ 140f6969d5213fd0ece03148e62e461e Chinese laptop manufacturer, Lenovo, has expanded its range of products to include a device known as the A10, which is unusual for its inclusion of a touch panel display in combination with the Android operating system.

While some hybrid tablet devices have taken this approach, often the physical keypad has been bundled via a separate docking station. But in this instance, the A10's screen is permanently attached to the base, using a 300 degree hinge to make it possible to put it into a tablet-like mode when required.

A quad core processor and 2GB of RAM should make Android run smoothly, while the 10.1 inch touch panel display is large enough to allow it to compete with other hybrids, including the Microsoft Surface range.

However, what sets the A10 apart is its intended price point, which should be roughly equivalent to the ?150 mark, when it goes on sale in North America later this year.

A European launch has also been confirmed by Lenovo, although exact dates and pricing have yet to be set in stone.

The A10 will have to face off against competing netbooks, as well as try and steal some market share from Asus' Transformer range of tablet hybrids.

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Thu, 24 Oct 2013 03:02:52 +0000