Pioneer's 11.6 inch Atom DreamBook ePad tablet
By Paul Ridden
August 9, 2010
Pioneer Computers has announced the forthcoming availability of a Windows 7 tablet computer with an 11.6 inch capacitive touchscreen, up to 64GB of storage and ION-based graphics. Processing power for the DreamBook ePad L11 HD comes courtesy of Intel's Atom N450 processor and there's also a built-in camera and optional GPS.
The Windows 7-ready ePad L11 HD from Pioneer Computers Australia will be powered by a 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor on Intel's NM10 chipset and comes with either integrated graphics or NVIDIA ION2 GT218M graphics with up to 512MB onboard memory, which includes a full 1080p HD Video Accelerator. It has a 1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect, LED backlit capacitive touchscreen display measuring 11.6 inches diagonally across, 3-axis G-sensor, ambient light sensor, a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera and optional GPS via a mini PCI interface.
It's 0.55 inch thickness makes it a fraction chunkier than an iPad, but it will be available in similar 16GB, 32GB or 64GB solid state storage capacities. Additional storage can be added via the SD/SDHC card slot and up to 2GB DDR2 RAM can be thrown in. There's 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and optional 3G wireless connectivity and a couple of USB 2.0 ports and HDMI-out. Sitting in the magnesium alloy case are a couple of 1.5W stereo speakers and the L11's 4800mAh Lithium Polymer battery is said to be good for around six hours between charges.
Pioneer Computers has penciled in a September release for the ePad L11 HD, prices start at AUD699 (about US$642).
Another option available now
If you simply can't wait to own a tablet computer and are willing to sacrifice a little screen size and some processing power then Pioneer Computers Australia has the ePad 7/10 available now from AUD199 (about US$183). Unsurprisingly, this version comes with a 7 or 10.1 inch touchscreen display at 800 x 480 resolution. Under the hood you'll find a VIA 8505 processor, 256MB of DDR2 memory and 2GB of NAND flash storage, which can grow to up to 32GB via SD card expansion.
Running on Android 1.7, the ePad 7/10 has a USB 2.0 port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 1.3 megapixel camera and a 2400mAh Lithium battery.