Pioneer DreamBook ePad H10 HD has a long name, but fortunatelly it does the same thing as the Motorola Xoom tablet. Yes, it’s another Android Honeycomb tablet with almost the same specs of Motorola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Are you thinking that it’s going to be cheaper just to compete those? You will be making a mistake because the price does not reflect this and the long named tablet will cost 699 Australian dollars and it will be available from April this year.
At first to get out of the confusion The DreamBook ePad H10 is not from the great music device manufacturer Pioneer rather it’s from the Pioneer Computers from Australia who already has a lineup of Android tablets. By now you have already got a picture of the tablet and a rough idea about the specs. It has an NVidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM and of course dual cameras. There will be three models based on the built in storage giving you the choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB onboard memories. The front camera and back camera have predictably 2 megapixels and 5 megapixels respectively. The 10.1 inch display comes with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels and has the capability of playing 1080p videos without any glitch. Pioneer Computers claims that the device is able to play 8 hours of video and runs 48 hours with ‘Light Usage’ in a single charge though the concept of light usage is not so clear till now.
The display is capable of 10 points multi touch which is a must for every Honeycomb tablet. Besides Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it will have Office and PDF viewing apps preloaded with it. And no matter what built in memory you choose you will have the option of extending it through a microSD card. The connectivity options are enough to fulfill your demands: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, optional 3G card and this Xoom competitor also features HDMI connectivity to meet your HD need. Another feature which will make it a good eReader outdoor is the 300 NIT Sunlight Readable Screen which can be called a small difference if you are trying really hard to find the differences from the other tablets like Xoom or Optimus Pad. In competition with the big names this tablet hasn’t missed any features. Speaking of sensors it has Ambient Light Sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, Gyro Sensor and of course digital compass.
After all these, the pricing still remains the biggest question of this device. Apple’s iPad 2 is out with a lower price and the Honeycomb tablets from Samsung and Motorola are already under the spotlight. With the same price tag and configuration it seems unusual for the DreamBook ePad H10 HD to be a tough competitor for Samsung, Apple, Motorola or even LG. If you want a cheap non-brand Honeycomb tablet you can wait another 6 months or less and if you want a tablet with a brand to trust then you will have iPad 2, Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1 as options. But if you want to give this ambitious tablet a try you can pre-order right now on their website.