Build and Layout:
Aside from raw hardware the unit itself is attractively built. Let’s take a look.
As you can see the Le Pan II has a square 4:3 profile accented on the sides with chrome. Along the top edge you will find your micro SD card slot, hold switch, headphone jack, volume control, power button, and finally your charging/dock plug. As far as ergonomics go I would like to have seen the charging jack opposite the controls but that is my preference. Its’ current placement does make the unit easier to handle while sitting, I simply prefer the jack at the bottom.
Sitting at the heart of the TC979 is a Qualcomm APQ8060 dual core processor at 1.2 GHz. This is a Snapdragon S3 CPU and is RISC based with Adreno 220 Graphics and supports 1080p video encode/decode and stereoscopic 3D video playback. This playback is of course achieved through the optional HDMI adapter as neither the Le Pan II nor the Transformer we previously reviewed have a native screen resolution of 1080.
Judging by stats alone you might think the Tegra 2 is superior, but taking a quick look at video decoding and gaming we see a noticeable difference between the two. Surprisingly the Le Pan II has far superior graphics power via the Adreno 220.
Take a look at just how much greater.
Demonstration of Power:
While the demo here shows a greater than 100% frame rate difference between the two its not as apparent on the screen. Jump the resolution to full screen and the benchmark on the Asus becomes a slideshow while the Le Pan II stays at a very playable 27.39 fps. So even in full screen resolution the Le Pan II outpaces the Transformer’s performance at 800 x 480.
If you have any desire to use a tablet for games or video then the Le Pan is the obvious choice.