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Old January 13th, 2012, 04:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default LePan 2 and the Le Pan TC978

I'm going to include the LePan TC978 in this since it does not have a sub forum created for it.

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LePan officially introduces budget Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets this week | The Verge
LePan officially introduces budget Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets this week

By Nathan Ingraham on January 9, 2012 05:27 am

LePan's not exactly a widely known brand name in the tablet market, but it has several Android devices that may be worth checking out at CES this year — the most note worhty of which is its flagship LePan III. LePan's giving a first look at the tablet this week; it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor running at 1.5GHz with 1GB of RAM. Other specs include 8GB of storage, an SD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a 2-megapixel camera up front for video chatting. The LePan III also features 1080p video output, USB, and ethernet (assuming you have the proper adapters).
There's another Ice Cream Sandwich tablet being announced, the TC978. It's similar to the LePan III but without the aforementioned output options, a slower dual-core 1GHz processor, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera only. Finally there's the LePan II (pictured above) that has been up for pre-order on Amazon but plagued by delays. Unfortunately it's only running Android 3.2; it's powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has the same RAM, storage, and camera options as the TC978. There's only screen size information given for the II — 9.7-inches at 1024 x 768 — but given the similar dimensions of the other offerings, we assume they all use the same panel. It should be widely available from Best Buy and Amazon (hopefully without the delays) for $299.99. There's no word on real world performance just yet, but we'll let you know when we see them in action on the show floor.

I know this is the same picture used for the Le Pan 3 but it so happens it is the same picture being used for this model as well, go figure. And as before the red is about this hardware.

I also wanted to point this out. This sight Le Pan announces 3 new tablets
specs the units out this way. Per LePans press reliese.

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Le Pan Launches Le Pan II
Showcases Latest Tablet Products at CES 2012 Including Support for Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
Los Angeles, CA – January 8, 2012 – Le Pan is formally launching its latest Le Pan II tablet. And it is proud to announce its new line of upcoming high-performance tablets that will pair with the latest Android 4.0 operating system – Ice Cream Sandwich – to make a very sweet experience for year 2012: The Le Pan II, Le Pan III, and TC978 at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.
Powered by the latest Android operating system and dual-core processing, these new Le Pan tablets provide a bold and intuitive interface that is lighting quick for loading the latest apps. Built-in Wi-Fi capability puts you right into contact with all Google services and streams your high-def content to the vivid 9.7″ multi-touch screen. The 6800mAh lithium battery lasts up to 7 hours of continuous video playback; all this in a unit that weighs under 1.5lbs (680g) and fits in your hands comfortably!
These exciting new tablets will on display at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada and will further highlight the key tenets of Le Pan’s manufacturing style — providing the pinnacle of performance and value to customers across the globe.




Le Pan II – HD Multimedia Experience
- Powered by Android(tm) 3.2 (Honeycomb, upgradeable to 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Qualcomm APQ8060 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM / 8GB Storage (expandable to 32GB with MicroSD)
- Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); Bluetooth (V2.1+EDR); GPS module
- 2MP Camera (Front)

- Support 1080P output/USB OTG/Ethernet through adapters
- Dimensions: 236 x 189 x 12.4 mm (9.29 x 7.44 x 0.48 in)




TC978 – Performance and Value
- Powered by Android(tm) 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- TI OMAP 4430, 1GHz Dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM / 4GB Storage (expandable to 32GB with MicroSD)
- Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); Bluetooth (4.0); GPS module
- 2MP Camera (Front)
- Dimensions: 236 x 187 x 13 mm (9.29 x 7.36 x 0.51 in)




Le Pan III – Flagship: Exclusive Sneak Peek at CES 2012
- Powered by Android(tm) 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- TI OMAP 4460, 1.5 GHz Dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM / 8GB Storage (expandable to 32GB with MicroSD)
- Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); Bluetooth (4.0); GPS module
- 5MP Camera (Rear) + 2MP Camera (Front)
- Support 1080P output/USB OTG/Ethernet through adapters
- Dimensions: 236 x 189 x 12.4 mm (9.29 x 7.44 x 0.48 in)




Le Pan II is available now at Amazon, Bestbuy online stores. And it will soon be available at all other Le Pan sales channels by late January.
Other Le Pan Tablet products lines are under development and the exact launch date is not
available at this time.
I wanted to add the specs for the LePan TC970 in here to give an idea of the hardware changes going on between each model, so here is the LePan TC 970,best I can find.

  • Tablet with 9.7-inch Capacity display, support 720P video play
  • Android 2.2 platform, and ultra-fast Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Powered by ARM Cortex-A8 Core processor; support for Adobe Flash for viewing web sites, movies, games, and more
  • Front-facing 2-megapixel camera and microphone for video chats
  • Micro SD expansion (up to 32GB), 2GB Micro SD card bundled
  • Up to 6 hours of video playback/Wi-Fi web browsing
  • Size (L/W/H): 9.29 X 7.44 X 0.48 inches
  • Weight: 1.6pounds


Product Features

So it goes like this,

Powered by:
LePan TC970-Android 2.2 FroYo, (not upgradeable to ICS do to hardware insufficiencies)
LePan TC978-Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
LePan 2-Android Honeycomb upgradeable to 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
LePan 3-Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Processor:
LePan TC970- ARM Cortex-A8 Core processor (reported as a single core processor)
LePan TC978-TI OMAP 4430, 1GHz Dual-core processor
LePan 2-Qualcomm APQ8060 1.2GHz dual-core processor
LePan 3-I OMAP 4460, 1.5 GHz Dual-core processor

Storage/Memory:
LePan TC970-Micro SD expansion (up to 32GB), 2GB Micro SD card bundled, 2GB on board.
LePan TC978-1GB RAM / 4GB Storage (expandable to 32GB with MicroSD)
LePan 2-1GB RAM / 8GB Storage (expandable to 32GB with MicroSD)
LePan 3-1GB RAM / 8GB Storage (expandable to 32GB with MicroSD)

Radios:
LePan TC970-WiFi is available (no mention of blue tooth or GPS but I believe that they are both there)
LePan TC978-Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); Bluetooth (4.0); GPS module
LePan 2-Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); Bluetooth (V2.1+EDR); GPS module
LePan 3-Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); Bluetooth (4.0); GPS module

Cameras:
LePan TC970-Front-facing 2-megapixel camera and microphone for video chats
LePan TC978-2MP Camera (Front), (while a mic is not mentioned one assumes it is there)
LePan 2-2MP Camera (Front), (same as above)
LePan 3-5MP Camera (Rear) + 2MP Camera (Front), (same as above)

Out put:
LePan TC970-(none mentioned but there may still be something?)
LePan TC978-(same as above)
LePan 2-Support 1080P output/USB OTG/Ethernet through adapters
LePan 3Support 1080P output/USB OTG/Ethernet through adapters

Dimensions:
LePan TC970-(L/W/H): 9.29 X 7.44 X 0.48 inches
LePan TC978-236 x 187 x 13 mm (9.29 x 7.36 x 0.51 in)
LePan 2-236 x 189 x 12.4 mm (9.29 x 7.44 x 0.48 in)
LePan 3-236 x 189 x 12.4 mm (9.29 x 7.44 x 0.48 in)

I thought it funny that the LePan 2 specked out higher than the TC978 but the TC978 is supposed to come with ICS, and the LP2 Honeycomb? Probably the release schedule at work there.

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Hi,
I just got the L.P.2 and I love it. This is my first tab and now I can't imagine not having it. I just upgraded to Android 3.2.1. Not a major difference (looking forward to 4.0 (ICS)). Definitely recommend this tablet to the budget-conscious people like myself.
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Cool, how much was it, and from where?
And is it scheduled for the 4.0 ICS oe were you planning on Rooting and a new ROM. I don't remember what the LP2 was scheduled to get.
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Le Pan II is supposed to get ICS sometime in March. I have had one for about 2 weeks now after having a Le Pan TC970 for about a month before that. I really loved the 970 but it tended to freeze and have to be reset at least once a day and the fact that no upgrade was possible I opted to get the Le Pan II for 262.00 at Amazon. I think I will be happy with this one for a long while. All the little bugaboos people have been griping about with the 970 seem to be solved with the II with the possible exception of The Promised HDMI output. It says it is possible with a 30 pin adaptor but they do not have one available. THere has been a firmware update for the II already and HDMI out has been eliminated in settings options. I don't really care because I probably won't use that feature anyway.
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Yah, my Vizio VTAB 1008 has a micro HDMI plug on it but it will never get used. Not that it doesn't work, so far as I know it does, but I will just never use it.
I watch Netflix on it and read my ebooks, play some simple games, all I need and more.
All for less than 200.00. Tablets are getting pretty sweet.
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I bought the TC970 a couple days ago. I liked it so much that I returned it and ordered the LePan 2. Very much looking forward to my new 'toy'...
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I've been loving my new LP2. I used an iPad 1st gen to read music scores and parts. I've been waiting for an iPad like android tablet. And I'm happy to say that this is definitely the one.

The screen looks awesome, and the performance is very snappy.

I have Ice Cream Sandwich on my phone, so I'm very excited for the LP2 to get upgraded, although Honeycomb is definitely very fun to use.

I haven't had any hiccups albeit for a random freeze which I'm assuming had to do with the wifi policy "turn off when screen is off". Other than one time (I just needed to hold the reset button with a safety pin), I've had zero problems/aggravations which is definitely better than the iPad..(that tablet has gone to the girlfriend).

Battery life seems good and I'll update again later.

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I'm new to the forums and just got my LP2 a few weeks ago. This is my 1st tablet and I'm just getting up to speed on the Android OS.... I love both so far.
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You may be in for a wait. Mine didn't show up for 3 weeks. Be patient, it'll get there. The price/performance comparison of these tablets to others is just about unbeatable.
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Hi all. While I do have good experience with win and some with linux, the android is "mystery" to me. I just got it yesterday (le pan2). Did not had chance to play with much, as I had to charge the battery. So far I like it. I got small problem with. I can not get connect it to my laptop that is running PCLOS linux system. I love the PCLOS and , to my personal experience, it is the best distro. I have KDE version. I can connect to win on my desktop(win7), but not linux. Does any one have some kind of experience with?. Just wish that the power button would be a bit bigger.
I really hate to boot win os ( on second hd).
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any one know of easy way to wake up the tablet?
It is kind of irritating to have to push the power button every time the screen shut down.
The other "thing" I notice. When I plug the charger, the tablet will not shut down for good. Restart after a min. I have to button uncheck, but it still waking up.
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Anyone running ICS on this yet??
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I bought the TC970 a couple days ago. I liked it so much that I returned it and ordered the LePan 2. Very much looking forward to my new 'toy'...
I also bought the 970....looked good BUT froze every hour or so of use so I returned it after 2 days. When I am credited I will order the LP2.
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Le Pan II is supposed to get ICS sometime in March. I have had one for about 2 weeks now after having a Le Pan TC970 for about a month before that. I really loved the 970 but it tended to freeze and have to be reset at least once a day and the fact that no upgrade was possible I opted to get the Le Pan II for 262.00 at Amazon. I think I will be happy with this one for a long while. All the little bugaboos people have been griping about with the 970 seem to be solved with the II with the possible exception of The Promised HDMI output. It says it is possible with a 30 pin adaptor but they do not have one available. THere has been a firmware update for the II already and HDMI out has been eliminated in settings options. I don't really care because I probably won't use that feature anyway.
Just bought one of these for my spouse. It came with 3.2.1 and works fine...Now the question, how/when does one update to 4.0??
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No one knows for sure or if the company will even follow thru. It's supposedly in internal beta testing. Check out the le pan life forums, the most info for us le pan owners can be found there.
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