Even though the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb and a slew of big-name tablets using the new version of the OS has added some much needed credibility to slates using Google’s mobile OS, don’t expect a shortage in the number of smaller companies attempting to claim a stake in a market that has exploded over the past year. Enter Pioneer. No, not that Pioneer. Rather, Pioneer Computer, an Australian laptop manufacturer that is introducing their first Honeycomb device: the DreamBook ePad H10 HD.
On paper the ePad H10 HD stacks right up against the likes of the Motorola XOOM: Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 10.1-inch 1280×800 capacitive touchscreen, and dual cameras. Throw in up to 64GB of storage and a 3G radio and this Pioneer tablet sounds like nothing to scoff at. The price tag also takes its cue from the expensive Honeycomb tablets of late coming in at a wallet draining $700.
Without properly checking out the device we can’t quite knock it, but we can say the era of the knock-off Honeycomb tablet is upon us. Now wait a few months for devices out of China accompanied with plummeting prices and they may be worth a second look.