Posted on 25 February 2010
Update: Notion Ink Adam specifications and links are now in the database.
A video published last week by the Times of India has Notion Ink co-founder Rohan Shravan showing off what is being called a â€œfinal inch version of the ever intriguing Adam tablet. The video has some nice close-ups of the unit, but it still doesn’t seem like the production version (and I hope not as part of the screen bezel comes off mid-interview), though Rohan says that it is final in terms of â€œlook and feel inch and that the device should launch first in the US in June. He also claims that the device will last for more than 10 hours doing 1080p video output. I’ll still have to see it for myself before I believe it, but I sure hope that the Nvidia Tegra 2 hardware is capable of backing that claim. Still no word on pricing. There is also an interesting interview with both Notion Ink co-founders if you care to have a look.
Notion Ink Adam specifications and links.
Posted on 15 February 2010
I just finished an overview post on the ever-interesting Notion Ink Adam slate over at Carrypad.com. As I researched the slate, I came away rather impressed with it. While we have yet to see production models, what Notion Ink claims to be bringing to the table with the Adam could very well surpass the iPad [Product page] in terms of power/battery life/features â€“ is this a result of a small company’s ability to take risks that a large company couldn’t afford?
Most of us are all too familiar with Apple’s practices. Step one for Apple usually involves boiling a product concept down and identifying key uses. Next, they design the product around those key uses and make sure that it works very well for them. Finally they produce a well polished product that generally brings existing hardware together with streamlined software in a way that outshines most products in the category, but because the device is designed around specific uses, they often force their users to do things their way.
Then along comes a relatively small company like Notion Ink. I’ve got to imagine that being small allows them to respond quickly to changes in the market as they are developing their product, which affords them the ability them to incorporate some bleeding-edge hardware (like a dual-core Cortex A-9 CPU, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 platform, and Pixel Qi display.) Additionally, being open about the development of their device leaves the door open for feedback and constructive criticism which will all end up improving the final product.
It’s unlikely that Notion Ink will sell even half as many Adam slates as Apple sells iPads, but I feel that they have a shot at stealing relatively large chunk of would-be iPad users by being bold enough to include things like a swiveling camera and a rear trackpad. Of course much of this potential will be lost if the price isn’t right — as well as how long it takes them to get it to market (neither of which have been announced officially.)
And let’s not forget that both of these devices could fail pretty easily if their OSKs don’t function adequately.
I think this is a big opportunity for Notion Ink, and I really hope they are able to delivery everything that they have been claiming with this product. What do you think, dear reader? Would you take the Adam over the iPad if you could pick either for the same price? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below.
Posted on 15 February 2010
There has been lots of talk about Notion Ink’s upcoming Adam slate device which will be running Android. One of the reasons why this 10 inch slate has interests piqued â€“ it is one of the first devices that we’ve seen using the oft-mentioned, but never quite implemented, Pixel Qi screen, that might be coming to market. The screen has the ability to display full color and motion just like a standard LCD screen, but it can be switched to a transreflective mode which makes it highly readable in direct sunlight, and allows the backlight to be turned off to save power.
We’ve been keeping our eye on this device as the company has been showing various prototypes over the last month or so. This post is here to lay out what we know about the device so far.
Let’s start with the specs. From Notion Ink’s official website:
- NVIDIA TEGRA 2
- Dual Core Cortex A-9 â€œMPCORE inch CPU
- ULP GPU
- 16/32GB eMMC/SD memory
- WiFi b/g
- 3G HSDPA
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 10.1 inch Pixel Qi display, 1024×600 (transmissive, transflective, and reflective display mode
- Capacitive touchscreen
- Fingerprint resistant (possibly an oleophobic coating)
- 3.2MP swiveling camera for front-facing or rear-facing photos/video
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- microphone and two speakers
- 2x USB 2.0
- HDMI output
- 3 axis accelerometer
- ambient light sensor
- â€œBack side trackpad inch