Joyplus rolls out the M10PQ tablet with a Pixel Qi display
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Chances are you have never heard of the Shenzhen-based tablet maker Joyplus. It was reportedly among the exhibitors at this year’s CeBIT show and had a bunch of slates at display. According to Netbooknews, one of them, dubbed M10PQ, is equipped with a sunlight-readable Pixel Qi display.
Pixel Qi (qi is actually a noun, which is pronounced “chee” and apparently means “circulating life energy”) is a company founded by LCD pioneer Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen, who also served as CTO of OLPC (One Laptop Per Child). The transflective displays do well in all kinds of lightning conditions, from total darkness to direct sunlight.
This is not exactly a cheap Chinese tablet, because the screen alone costs a couple of hundred dollars. Reportedly, the 10-inch Joyplus M10PQ is driven by a single core Samsung Hummingbird (Cortex A8-based) central processing unit clocked at 1GHz. Moreover, the above mentioned panel has a maximum supported resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels.
Users are supposedly also provided with 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB by utilizing the built-in microSD card reader slot), Wi-Fi, an optional 3G radio, a front-facing web camera for video conferencing and a SIM card slot.
At launch, the M10PQ will run a Gingerbread OS but the company promises that an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade will follow soon.