Another Apple iPad - ASUS Eee Pad Contender? Pioneer Releases the Dreambook ePad Series

Written by Ashleigh on . Posted in Industry News

Pioneer ePad

Now that the buzz surrounding the Apple iPad release and the whispers of the Asus Eee Pad have died down, we thought it was about time that another contender to the market appeared from the woodwork. And we were right! Pioneer have just released details of not only one, but three new competitors - the Pioneer DreamBook ePad 7/10 (7inch),  DreamBook ePad A10 (10inch) and DreamBook ePad L11 HD (11.6inch).


Read on for more information and full specification tables.

Editor's note: we'll be contacting Pioneer to see if we can review all 3 models soon.


The closest contender to the iPad/ Eee Pad (and the one currently generating the most hype) is the Dreambook ePad A10. With a sleek, lightweight (and if I may say, rather sexy) design it provides 10" of LED multi-touch panel boasting up to 1024 x 600 pixels maximum resolution.With a built in SSD, built in sim card (compatible with Telstra's NextG Network and most standard cellular bands) and a G Sensor (for orientation detection) this seems to provide a unique way of using Windows 7 in the way we know and love on our desktops (excluding the 7/10 model, which uses Android).

One downer we can currently see - only 5 hours battery life.


For full specifications click on one of the following models or scroll down:


Pioneer DreamBook ePad 7/10Pioneer DreamBook ePad 7/10 Specifications:

HARDWARE DreamBook ePad 7/10
CPU VIA WM8505+, Up to 533Mhz
SSD ROM 2GB, Up to 32GB
Memory Slot T-Flash
Camera 1.3M Pixels
Colour Display 7" / 10" high sensitive touch screen, 800x480 Pixels
Battery Type Rechargable Lithium
Battery Capacity 2400mAh, Up to 10 hours
USB 2.0 Yes
Speaker Yes
G Sensor Yes
I/O Ports Headphone, Built-in Microphone, Exit
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Optional External GPS
External Bluetooth
External 3G Dongle
USB Keyboard/Mouse
USB Storage Device
Operating System Android 1.6/1.7
Browser Google Browser
Video H263, MPEG-4 and 3GP
Music MP3
Email Email client
GPS Google map
Tudou Web Video Player
VOIP Fring, Skype
App Store App Management
Theme Frame Supports screensaver
APK Installer Installation, download
Price $199 RRP (AUD)

Pioneer DreamBook ePad A10Pioneer DreamBook ePad A10 Specifications:

LCD 10.1" LED Multi-Touch Panel WSVGA 1024*600 Pixel
CPU Intel ATOM Processor N455 (1.66GHz) and N475 (1.83GHz)
Chipset Intel NM10 Express Chipset
Memory DDR3: 1066/1333 MHz with 1 SODIMM Socket. Max. 2 GB
HDD Support SATA Port SSD 8G/16G/32G Card and Mini-PCIe SSD Card
Network 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Wireless 1 Full Card Mini PCI-E V1.2 Slot, Support 802.11 a.b.g
Dimension 267mm*173mm*8-17mm
Weight 900g
Card Reader 1 Micro SD Card Reader
Web Camera 1.3M Camera on Front Panel
Audio 2 Stereo Speakers, Built-in MIC
I/O Ports 1* Combo HDMI Connector for VGA and RJ45 Adaptor Port, Support Cable Detect Function to Save Power
1* Headphone out
1* DC-in
1* Mini-USB port
2* Standard USB2.0 Ports
I/O Internal 1 full Size Mini PCI-E V1.2 Slot, Support 802.11a/b/g
1 full Size Mini PCI-E V1.2 Slot, Support 3G, 3.5G
Battery 3 Cells Polymer Battery Pack, Up to 5 Hours
A/C Adapter Input AC 110~240V Output DC 12-20V @ 40W
Support OS MS Windows 7
Other G Sensor for Orientation Detect and Screen Rotation
Price $599 RRP (AUD)

Pioneer DreamBook ePad L11 HDPioneer DreamBook ePad L11 HD Specifications

Processor Intel® Pineview-M N450 1.66GHz , 667MHz,
Chipset Intel® NM10 + ICH8M
Graphics Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 500 / nVidia ION2 GT218M Graphic, Up to 512M, 1080p HD Video Accelerator
WIFI Integrated 802.11b/g/n
Memory 1 SO-DIMM slot , Up to 2GB DDR2 667/800MHz,
Mass Storage SSD 16GB / 32GB / 64GB by Mini PCI-E
Screen 11.6" HD LCD TFT GLARE Screen (1366 x 768, 16:9)
Touch Panel Capacity Multi Touch (Real Two points)
Camera 1.3Mpixel (fix focus)
Support OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium or above
Interface DC-in x1,
USB port x2,
OMTP jack x1,
SDHC slot x1,
SIM card slot x1,
Mini-HDMI (upscaling 1080p from 720p source) x1,
Hotkey x1,
26 pins connector (for Docking) x1
G-Sensor Display orientation (3-axis sensing)
Audio Built-in Speaker (1.5W) x2, Mic x1
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
3G Module (Option) WCDMA / HSPA 7.2Mbps (A-GPS)
GPS (Option) Mini PCI interface GPS card
Size 295mm x 195mm x 14mm
Weight 940g (with 3G)
Battery Embedded Lithium-ion Polymer 2-cell (7.4V, 4800mAh, 2S1P), Up to 6 Hours
Casing Mg-Al ALLOY
Price $699 RRP (AUD)


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