<![CDATA[Touch Panel Control]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:35:28 +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[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[Microsoft unveils two new touch panel Surface tablets]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Microsoft-unveils-two-new-touch-panel-Surface-tablets/ 2a79ea27c279e471f4d180b08d62b00a Microsoft has not had the success with the Surface family of tablets that it would have liked so far, but this week it revealed a pair of new devices, which are hoped to increase consumer awareness and boost sales.

The bottom of the range Surface RT has been superseded by the Surface 2, which retains a 10.6 inch touch panel display similar to that of its predecessor. In spite of this, it is now half a millimetre thinner and about four grams lighter, which means Microsoft has managed to reduce its thickness and heft, if only by a small amount.

The Surface 2 has a new kickstand and a new silver-on-white colour scheme, which makes it more attractive and practical.

The Surface 2 Pro is the higher end option, packing the latest Intel processors and offering compatibility with something called the Power Cover, which is basically an add-on dock that extends the battery life to 12.5 hours.

These two tablets are still quite different, with the Surface 2 using Windows RT while the Surface 2 Pro has the full Windows 8.1 experience onboard. And while they may not be able to dethrone the iPad, they might make Apple a bit more cautious than it was before.

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Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:48:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Huawei's-new-touch-panel-tablet-can-make-phone-calls]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Huaweis-new-touch-panel-tablet-can-make-phone-calls/ a8baa56554f96369ab93e4f3bb068c22 The Huawei MediaPad 7 is similar to many other low cost Android tablets on the market at the moment.

It has a seven inch 1024x600 touch panel display, a quad core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built in storage, which means it is moderately powerful and can handle all the games, apps and web browsing you can throw at it.

However, the MediaPad 7 is also very unusual in that it has been endowed with the ability to make mobile calls, thanks to a built-in SIM card slot. Plenty of other tablets have 3G connectivity, but few actually let you chat with friends who may be calling from a landline or mobile device.

With a 4100mAh battery, this hybrid tablet should be able to offer several hours of talk time, although the prospect of actually holding it to the side of your face while you talk, may be a little hard to swallow.

This type of 'phablet' device is becoming increasingly common, although most handsets which fall into this category have screens of six inches or smaller. The seven inch proportions of the MediaPad 7 make it an intriguing beast.

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Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:26:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Touch panel Nokia tablet rumoured]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Touch-panel-Nokia-tablet-rumoured/ 3def184ad8f4755ff269862ea77393dd Finnish mobile manufacturer, Nokia, could be entering the tablet market this year as rumours swirl around the potential announcement of a Lumia-branded touch panel device.

Some had claimed that the Lumia tablet would be making its public debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event this month, although this has subsequently been dismissed by analysts, according to TechRadar.

Nokia will have a major presence at MWC but is expected to instead focus its attentions on publicising its dedicated smartphone devices, which seems like a sensible option, given the circumstances.

If there is a Lumia tablet in the works, then it is likely to feature the Windows 8 operating system, or at least the tablet-friendly Windows RT variant.

Nokia has seen its fortunes improve as a result of its adoption of Windows Phone as its go-to smartphone operating system, shunning the older Symbian software in favour of Microsoft's modern platform.

Although it has not previously had a major presence in the tablet market, there is arguably still room for more touch panel devices, as long as they are running established software platforms.

By using Windows 8 rather than a proprietary solution, Nokia will be putting its Lumia tablet in a better position.

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Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:25:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Touch panel tablet from Google]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Touch-panel-tablet-from-Google/ 98dce83da57b0395e163467c9dae521b The Nexus 7 has finally been revealed as the first touch panel tablet to bear the official Google branding, representing the search giant's initial foray into this competitive market.

The Nexus 7 will be on sale within the next few weeks, at low price points of £159 for the 8GB version and £199 for the 16GB version.

Both iterations will have a seven inch touch panel display with a native resolution of 1280x800, which is a few more pixels than you get on other comparative devices, like the BlackBerry Playbook.

Meanwhile, the Nexus 7 will come preloaded with Android 4.1 Jellybean, a brand new revision of Google's popular mobile operating system.

Given that a million Android-based smartphones and tablets are now activated daily around the world, the Nexus 7 could only add to Google's dominance.

Priced at less than half the cost of the new iPad, the Nexus 7 is nevertheless a powerful device, with a quad core Tegra 3 processor. There is no high megapixel camera on the rear, which shows that some savings have been made, but it is otherwise a more than worthy tablet that could win widespread approval and notch up serious sales figures.

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Tue, 03 Jul 2012 22:38:29 +0000