updated 02:30 pm EDT, Tue June 21, 2011
Leader puts out Impression 10 tablet with IPS LCD
Leader on Tuesday set out to thrust itself into the tablet field in earnest by launching the Impression 10. While running on an older 1GHz Samsung chip and using Android 2.2, it remains one of the few in its class to have a 9.7-inch, capacitive, IPS-based touchscreen. The panel theoretically gives it the same image quality and responsive touch as an iPad, even extending to the 1024x768 resolution.
iPad imitators of the sort are relatively common but often use inaccurate resistive touchscreens, poor-quality LCDs, or underpowered processors.
Along with chip selection, the costs are kept down by building in just 4GB of internal storage, although a microSDHC slot can take up to 32GB more. Battery life is also tangibly shorter than its Apple counterpart at six hours. Leader also gives it a two-megapixel front camera, but no rear camera, and HDMI video out.
The Impression 10 is already up for sale online and costs $350.