A tablet based on Intel’s new Oaktrail processor has been launched by the Australian company Pioneer Computers. The tablet in question is the DreamBook ePad F10 which has at its core an Intel Atom Z670 1.5 Ghz Oak Trail Lincroft CPU with integrated graphics coupled to a 2 GB DDR2 RAM. A 10.1 inch multi-touch screen with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution makes up the display area while on board storage options range from 16 to 128 GB of SSD.
This apart, the DreamBook ePad comes along with the Intel WIDI wireless display system, something that has been in the news for sometime now and allows one to stream content from the tablet to an external display. Other features that the DreamBook packs in include an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, mic and headphone jacks, a SIM card slot, as well as a SD card slot. The tablet includes a 1.3 megapixel webcam as well. And now coming to one of the most important aspects that anybody would like to know the most considering there is Windows operating system in the scene – the battery backup time of the DreamBook. While the company quoted figure of 8 hours may not match your dreams but isn’t exactly bad either.
An interesting thing with the DreamBook ePad F10 is that it does not come pre-loaded with any operating system as such but is designed to take up either Windows, or the open source Android / Meego operating system. Or maybe even both the Android and Windows, which would really make for an exciting proposition.
Also, the tablet segment though yet to be as matured as other computing segments has already thrown up some very interesting facts as far as their operating systems go. Like the iPad running iOS has already proved its mettle and is right now on top of the tablet segment. The other major player, Google’s Android operating system too has made considerable inroads in the tablet sphere though what is needed is a device that has as much of a mass appeal as the iPad to drive home the point further. There has also been some tablets based on LINUX or its different derivatives but then, a big player here is also missing. The biggest surprise is perhaps the Windows operating systems which seems is yet to have its feet wet in a manner that could match its prowess in the other forms of computing. However, all of that could change for the better with the introduction of the new Intel Oaktrail processors that promises to take care of the one major grouse against Windows tablets so far, a below par battery performance. While the 6 – 8 hours of battery backup time for the new DreamPad is definitely an improvement, what can also be said is that there is till scope for a lot of improvement.