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The Notion Ink Adam was a tablet with big dreams, but it hit the market with a loud flop. It’s successor, the Adam II, whooshed by with almost no public notice at all. Now the company is back, but it’s not trying to redesign the Android tablet…
For every successful gadget, there’s countless devices that will slip away from your memory mere months after they’ve launched. Most will wind up rotting on the shelves next to Justin Guarini’s albums, but that doesn’t mean a comeback is out of the …
Remember the Notion Ink Adam? We’ll forgive you if you don’t — the device fell a bit short of expectations, and news of its successor has been scarce. Save for a few teasing tweets, Notion Ink has kept the project pretty close to its chest. That changed this weekend, however, when the tablet’s price and specifications were announced at India’s National Technology Awards. According to a press release (after the break) and a pamphlet reportedly given to attendees, the Adam II will sell for 12,000 Indian Rupees (about $ 217) later this year, packing in a 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex CPU, twin 2MP cameras, 1GB RAM and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The tablet also boasts a secondary screen, albeit a small one: a monochrome ticker that displays Android notifications on the Adam’s book-like spine. HDMI, headphone and a micro USB ports crowd the device’s adjacent edges, which wrap around a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display — a concession that was apparently made to increase longevity. Specific and international availability was sadly left out of the announcements, but its nice to finally see this project gain some steam.
Gallery: Notion Ink Adam II Pamphlet
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We’ve always been interested in the Notion Ink project, which has always striven to be a true alternative to both the iPad and Android masses. Last time, it was through both a Pixel Qi screen and an interesting custom interface, but delays and yield problems more or less buried it and competitors piled up.
The sequel to Notion Ink’s Adam was originally going to have a 10″ screen running at 1920×1200. A post on the company’s development blog has admitted that this is not likely to happen.
What would replace it in the new model isn’t said, though a more common 1280×800 screen or thereabouts would be a likely candidate. They’re common, efficient, and cheap, and the high-resolution panel they were looking at before was none of those.
It says something about the trials of developing hardware as a small company. Someone like Apple has the clout to make the components and materials for something like the new iPad cheap enough to buy in bulk. But if you’re only shipping, say, 10,000 units, the cost per unit starts looking way different.
He notes also that such a high-resolution screen, while it has its benefits, is not really beneficial in the Android ecosystem now. Apple’s high-res screen is being adopted at large by developers (or else), but Android is a more complicated beast and the display engine isn’t locked down quite so tightly.
On that front, Notion Ink’s Shravan says that their next blog post will go over the new Adam’s “Visual Enhancement Engine,” probably a serious makeover of stock Android, and a “Display Power Optimizer,” which is probably what it sounds like. Once they lock down the hardware specs, they have the advantage of knowing what they’re developing for, and final software work can begin.
It may not ever ship as many units as an iPad or Kindle Fire, but the David vs. Goliaths story continues to be worth following.
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Notion Ink has already revealed a few of the features its forthcoming Adam 2 tablet will have, and it’s now also confirmed something it won’t have: an HD (or higher res) screen like some of its competitors. In a post on the Designing Adam 2 blog, Notion Ink’s Rohan Shravan explained that the company did have the option of a 10-inch 1920 x 1200 display, but that would come either with a significant hit to battery life or some other compromises the company wasn’t willing to make (weight, size, charging time, etc). There’s still no word on what resolution the Adam 2’s screen will have. Shravan did add that a higher resolution screen is on the company’s roadmap, but that will apparently have to wait for some battery improvements that don’t also require a bigger battery.
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Last month Adam owners got a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich after Notion Ink released an Alpha build, but if the limited functionality didn’t do it for you, how about an improved Beta version? The developers hope that HDMI video, functional GPS, better WiFi and a working compass will keep you happy while they iron out the remaining niggles, like non-functioning camera and microphone. If this sounds a bit more like it, you should be able to get your hands on it over the weekend. Hit the source link below for the deets.
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The saga of the Notion Ink Adam is a tale like many we could name — it’s the story of a tiny company struggling to bring a vision to market, facing friction from investors, factories and the march of time itself. The difference is that the Adam captured the imaginations of gadget fiends like ourselves with ideas that were fantastic from day one and are still novel now that it’s finally been released, including a paneled UI, full USB host functionality, and of course that Pixel Qi screen. But does the Adam deliver on the promises of unifying form and function with such technology? In two words: Not really.
Gallery: Notion Ink Adam unboxing and hands-on
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The growing pains of being a small company dealing with big demand have bitten Notion Ink again, as the company has had to dish out a disappointing email to some Adam buyers informing them their delivery has been delayed to February 14th. The culprit in this sad case is a shipment of damaged touchscreens, which company chief Rohan Shravan estimates will affect just over five percent of all orders. Touchscreen supplier Sintek has promised to work through the Chinese New Year to refill that stock, so hopefully the bump back to Valentine’s Day will be the last, seemingly fitting, one for the Adam.
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The enterprising boys over at xda-developers are a fun bunch that are generally looked upon as the best modders in the Android community. Their latest exploit ports the Edan interface found on the now-shipping Notion Ink Adam to the Viewsonic gtablet. Funny thing is, I actually trust these forum members to develop the Android overlay more than the original creators at Notion Ink. That’s not hate; that’s the truth.
The early alpha release is more of “look what we can do” sort of thing than a fully-working release. Some things like the camera simply do not work at this point. But they will. Eventually. Besides, with early reports slowly filtering in that the real Notion Ink Adam is a bit of a disappointment hardware-wise, this might be a good alternative to the Adamites who bought into the nonsense rhetoric of Notion Ink regarding the Eden interface. [via Notion Addicts
Oh boy. The Notion Ink Adam is a bit closer to buyers’ hands and Notion Ink just posted a round of photos showcasing the clever retail packaging that also doubles as a desktop stand! This is clearly more evidence that the Adam is the most innovative, revolutionary, game-changing product since the spork.