Australian PC maker Pioneer Computers has introduced a new 10 inch mini-laptop that weighs just 1.28 pounds. It also looks extraordinarily thin, although the dimensions listed on the product page look like they’re off — unless the notebook is 17 inches thick.

Part of the secret is that the Pioneer DreamBook Lite E10 chucks the usual Intel Atom processor for a 533MHz VIA 8505 ARM-based processor which shouldn’t need much in the ay of cooling. The computer also has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 128MB of RAM, and 2 to 4G of flash storage. It runs Google Android or Windows CE.

The E10 also has 802.11b/g WiFi, a 0.3MP webcam and an SD card slot, a well as 3 USB ports and an optional 3G module. It comes with an 1800mAh battery which Pioneer says should be good for up to 3 hours of run time.

via Netbooked

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8 replies on “Pioneer DreamBook Lite E10 with ARM-based CPU hits Australia”

  1. OK, the 3 hour battery life gave me pause. I said to myself, this thing just dropped to a value of $199.00 or less to get me to buy it. According to the website, its $199.00.

    HMMMMM….

  2. If this was 12″ and 1440 x 900, a Cortex-A9 2+ MPCore with 2+ GB LPDDR2-RAM and 32+ GB LPDDR2-NVM with 802.11n/WWAN, Webcam, USB 3.0 and DisplayPort out, and with a TrackPoint and NO touchpad, 8+ hours running Ubuntu, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Come on Lenovo! Forget the SkyLight and make me this.

  3. >> “a 533MHz VIA 8505 ARM-based processor which shouldn’t need much in the ay of cooling”

    These cheap CPUs mostly build in old FABs with 65/90/130nm, Intels Atom = 45nm, the new NVidia-Tegra also 45nm.

    This means that these cheap Chips needs more Power compared to a Tegra with the same MHz.

    1. I agree. . . I don’t get why they are even bothering with these things. The cpu is old, too slow, etc, and limited ram. . . they are obsolete before even hitting the market.

      1. Let me help you get it.

        Go to any of the major mobile phone carriers, and take a look at the phones they sell to compliment their contracts. Ignore the new ones and the expensive ones. Look at the ones that are very cheap, the ones that are often free with a contract. Some of these are old phones. Others are new phones built with older generation technology.

        I’ve lived in places like India where people who didn’t have homes, who either lived in the streets or in the sheds that were their shops-by-day, who didn’t have electric lights, sinks, toilets, or showers… had cell phones. Almost every person or family or village had at least one phone. They didn’t have the newest or most expensive phones, they had phones like I had you look for in the paragraph above. Those phones worked for them because they used their phones as phones and not as entertainment, social distraction, or psychological stimulation devices.

        We’ve gotten to a point where a portable communication has become a sufficiently “solved problem” that we can sell devices for just a couple of dollars that meets the NEED. Personal computing has quickly headed down the same path. The typical portable computing NEEDS of a typical person in the world has converged to the point that it’s a sufficiently “solved problem”, and pretty soon you’re going to see blister packs hanging on a hook at your local market, and inside the the  plastic shells that’ll be glued to some amateurishly printed cardboard will be a new device just like the one above built on older technology and sold for just a few dollars. You’ll be able to send a receive some messages, Look up some news or information, see a few images, watch a few videos, and listen to some music. It won’t be great, but it will be good enough. Remember, the first computers were calculators. They were inordinately expensive, enormous, power hungry, inefficient heat generators that did a little arithmetic as a byproduct of all of their power consumption. Now, you can buy a new calculator at your local market for a couple of dollars that would outperform any of those earliest efforts.

        Most people with expensive, modern computers and phones are doing the consumer technology equivalent of buying a $100,000 luxury supercar, and doing little more than driving to work and the grocery store with it. In fact, I think in America we are with computers where we were with cars in the early 1970s. Back then, we had cars that were bigger and more powerful than we really needed, and it just didn’t matter until the first oil crisis made people change their priorities. Since then, fuel has become much more expensive and more people are living in cities than ever before, and we have many small, efficient, inexpensive cars to choose from (which is ironically almost all you ever see in India).

        So, I think that the question that most of us technology enthusiast really need to concern ourselves with isn’t “why are more and more devices like this even being made when you can have something better and more expensive” but rather “how are we going to convince our wives that we really do need 5 or 6 supercar-level computers in our lives once one of these will be good enough to do most of the stuff we NEED to do.”

      2. Listen,
        I will try to give you a better understanding of what is achievable using a netbook.

        To start with, I have developed https://www.netbookfiles.com on a Eee PC 701.

        Now you tell me, If I was able to develop a whole site in this devices, I am sure many other things are possible as well.

        It’s all about how much you can optimize your device. I see many carrying high end laptops and their only job is to check email.

        So it’s either that they do not understand what the product is capable of doing or its just that they would like to show off their device.

    2. Haven’t done much CPU design then?

      FAB size is not everything. Using extra transistors to be able to run x86 code from the 70’s does mean an atom uses more power.

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