Pushing the boundaries of “low cost” laptops, Pioneer Australia is set to release two new netbooks in July. The DreamBook Light CE2A is based on the same reference design as the upcoming Everex Cloudbook, but costs over $100 more at $599 AU or about $577 US.

The company is also releasing the DreamBook Light M91, an $899 AU/$866 US laptop with an 8.9 inch touchscreen display that swivels for use in tablet mode. The M91 bears a striking resemblance to the Gigabyte M912, and based on the name and product images I’m going to go out on a limb and say the two computers are based on the same design.

Here’s a rundown of what you get for your money:

DreamBook Light CE2A:

CPU: 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ULV
RAM: 512MB/1GB
Storage: 40GB HDD
Display: 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 pixel
OS: Linux, Windows XP, or Windows Vista
Expansion/Connectivity: 802.11b/g, card reader, Ethernet, Express Card, 2 USB ports, optional Bluetooth, 1.3MP camera
Batteries: 4 cell, 2200/2400mAh batteries provide an estimated 4.5 to 5 hours of battery life
Dimensions: 230 x 171 x 29.4mm
Weight: Under 850 grams

DreamBook Light M91:

CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom
RAM: Up to 2GB
Storage: 2.5″ SATA hard disk up to 500GB
Display: 8.9 inch touchscreen display (1280 x 768 or 1064 x 600 pixels)
OS: Windows or Linux
Expansion/Connectivity: Ethernet, 802.11b/g (optional), 3.5g Express card (optional), card reader, 3 USB ports, Express Card slot, VGA output, 1.3MP camera
Batteries: 4 cell, 4400mAh battery provides up to 3 hours operation
Dimensions:235 x 180 x 28 – 42mm
Weight: 1,2kg

[via CloudbookUMPC]

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