Never heard of Le Pan? You’re not alone. The budget manufacturer hasn’t made much of a splash with its Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb tablets based on OEM designs, but they turned a few heads when showing off the Le Pan III tablet at CES, promising (like many others) Ice Cream Sandwich and a rock-bottom price tag. Now the little tablet that could has passed through the FCC, presumably on its way to a US release. That’s good news for anybody looking for an ICS tablet and willing to take a chance on a little-known manufacturer.
Based on Le Pan’s press release from CES, the III has a 1.5ghz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 running in conjunction with a full gig of ram and 8GB of on-board storage. That can be augmented with a MicroSD card, and connection options are limited to WiFi and Bluetooth. A surprising 5 megapixel 1080p camera hangs out on the back with a 2MP front-facing twin. Le Pan hasn’t said how big or dense their screen is, but based on the photo above (and the Le Pan II’s specifications) I’d say a 9 or 10-inch 1024×768 panel is more than likely.
The Le Pan II is already available sporting Honeycomb and the slightly slower TI OMAP 4430 processor, though at $279 MSRP is isn’t exactly a bargain. That would put the Le Pan III at $320 or more at the very least. On the plus side it should get access to the Android Market/Google Play Store, giving users an easy path to the ~300,000 apps available at the moment. Since Le Pan’s other two tablets are already on the market (albeit in seemingly small quantities) the Le Pan III should be popping up some time in late spring or summer.[via Engadget]