<![CDATA[Touch Panel Control]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:51:25 +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[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
<![CDATA[Argos launches touch panel android tablet]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Argos-launches-touch-panel-android-tablet/ 06409663226af2f3114485aa4e0a23b4 The MyTablet from catalogue retailer, Argos, is the latest in a growing selection of own-brand touch panel devices to be released in the UK, presenting consumers with a wide array of choice ahead of the Christmas season.

Costing a penny under $100, the MyTablet runs Android Jelly Bean, has a seven inch display and a dual core processor.

A basic two megapixel camera is found on the rear, while the front-facing webcam uses a 1.3 megapixel sensor.

On a technical level, the MyTablet is a little bit behind the Tesco Hudl, which arrived last month at the $119.99 price point. But this ?20 difference could be significant enough to convince consumers that Argos offers the best value.

It is also worth pointing out that the MyTablet is equipped with components that would have made it state of the art less than two years ago, so it is hardly a slouch.

Tesco sold a modest 35,000 units of the Hudl in the 48 hours after its release, which might be a reflection of the fact that the UK's tablet market has become increasingly saturated in the past couple of years.

Whether Argos will succeed in its own endeavours remains to be seen, but at less than $100, the MyTablet is quite a bargain.

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Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:27:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Nexus 4 sells out and touch panel Nexus 5 spotted]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Nexus-4-sells-out-and-touch-panel-Nexus-5-spotted/ 1d7f7abc18fcb43975065399b0d1e48e Google's Nexus 4 smartphone was critically acclaimed when it launched back in 2012, receiving plaudits due to the hit tech hardware on board, as well as the low asking price.

Manufactured by LG, the Nexus 4 has now sold out in Google's native US and there are no plans to restock it, which suggests that the company is getting ready to roll out its replacement in the coming weeks.

This was partially confirmed when images and a video, acquired by 9to5Google, showcased what was apparently a version of the Nexus 5 that was left briefly unattended at a bar in California.

As well as boasting a bigger touch panel display of around five inches in size, complete with a full HD 1080p resolution, the Nexus 5 is thought to be running Android 4.4 KitKat, which is the next big release of the software to follow on from Jelly Bean.

Google's decision to join forces with a well known brand of chocolate bar is interesting, but most people will be more concerned with whether the new software brings significant changes, or is just another iterative update.

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is still AWOL and so the Nexus 5 will be the best place to get a cutting edge experience.

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Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:28:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Bargain Basement Quad Core Smartphone Launched]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Bargain-Basement-Quad-Core-Smartphone-Launched/ 37a749d808e46495a8da1e5352d03cae Chinese manufacturer ZTE has lived up to its reputation for value and released a new phone called the Blade V which, in spite of its low price point, still manages to pack a quad core processor.

So far the bottom end of the mobile market has had a tough time featuring anything other than single core processors, but with a quad core Qualcomm chip clocked at 1.2GHz, the Blade V is not only powerful but surprisingly cheap.

As well as an impressive processor it sports a four-inch touch panel display with an 800x480 resolution, 2GB of onboard storage space and a five megapixel camera, which means it is not a slouch in any particular area.

The phone runs the Android operating system and the touch panel feels very responsive thanks to all the power lurking under the hood.

It may not have the fastest graphics solution and it may only be using Android 4.1, rather than the latest 4.3 iteration, but for the money it is difficult to fault this sub--80 device.

With quad core powerhouses like the Samsung Galaxy S4 still costing five or six times as much as this phone, ZTE deserves to be congratulated.

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Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:42:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Facebook to debut touch panel Android phone]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Facebook-to-debut-touch-panel-Android-phone/ 1afa34a7f984eeabdbb0a7d494132ee5 Facebook could be pulling back the curtains on an own-brand smartphone this week, according to a number of rumours circulating at the moment.

It has long been speculated that the world's most popular social networking site would launch an official smartphone at some point, since hundreds of millions of its users already access Facebook from their portable devices.

Industry insiders believe that the Facebook phone will actually be the HTC Myst, which runs Android and features a 4.3 inch, 720p touch panel display.

The mid-range credentials of the Myst are virtually confirmed thanks to leaks that suggest it will have a dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and around 16GB of built-in storage space.

It may not be the most powerful handset on offer, but if Facebook's first phone is priced appropriately, it could well become a success.

The main obstacle to its rapid ascent is arguably the fact that most people are already able to use most of Facebook's features through their mobile device, thanks to a dedicated app or deep operating system integration.

This might make the creation of a standalone touch panel handset with the Facebook logo on it a little redundant, but more will become apparent after the launch.

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Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:14:58 +0000