Ice Cream Sandwich on a budget? That's what Le Pan is promising at CES today, with a trio of new tablets. The higher end of the two is the Le Pan III, an Android 4.0-laced slate that's powered by a 1.5GHz, dual-core TI-OMAP 4460 processor, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. This Bluetooth 4.0-enabled device also comes with a five-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing shooter, and supports 1080p video output. Joining the Le Pan II is the TC978, which features just about the same specs, save for a slightly lower octane (1GHz) processor, and the lack of a five-megapixel camera. The Le Pan II, meanwhile, ships with Android 3.2 Honeycomb rather than Ice Cream Sandwich, but can make the jump to 4.0 with a simple upgrade. The device features a 9.7-inch display at 1024 x 768 resolution and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, but the rest of its specs are just about identical to those of the TC978. No word yet on when the Le Pan III and TC978 will hit the market, but the Le Pan II is already available on Amazon for $300. You can grab it now at the link below, or head past the break for a spoonful of PR.
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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.

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Le Pan rolls out a trio of Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich tablets for penny pinchers