Business, Hardware

Notion Ink Adam Coming in November, Finally

Rohan Shravan has finally updated the Notion Ink blog and website shedding light on the hiatus. Shravan says: "I have always loved interacting with you, because I believe it is the first time in history when a product is made by not a firm but by masses."

Technology of Notion Ink's Adam

Technology of Notion Ink’s Adam

BSN* has been in regular contact with Notion Ink. We have listened to the problems they had with delays of the final nVidia Tegra 2 chipset. Unfortunately, BSN* endured first-hand experiences with those promised Tegra 250 deliveries and multiple delays from nVidia. However, that is a story for another day.

There were also delays everyone has experienced with Adobe Flash 10.1, as well as delays with Google Android 2.2 "Froyo". Shravan acknowledged the comments in SlashGear about multiple changes of ODM [original design manufacturer], along with a less than forth right start-up investor who couldn’t make up their mind about hardware and software specifications.

The path of Notion Ink Adam
The path of Notion Ink Adam

The good news is that the Pixel Qi display works as promised. More good news is there will be four models and production capabilities of 100,000 units per month. On paper, the Notion Ink Adam blows the socks off Apple’s iPad. The Adam specifications are really what we believe the iPad should have been. This includes the amazing Pixel Qi display, which easily outperforms the iPad and other upcoming competitors.

Here’s a quick summary of hardware features: Android operating system; nVidia Tegra 2 GPU chipset; USB OTG [On the Go] ports which allow you to plug in and power USB flash drives and even portable hard drives; HDMI [High Definition Multimedia Interface] port out is a one cable solution to video and audio interaction; additional storage via MicroSD card; a 1024 x 600 Pixel Qi Display, and a 3.2 MP rotating camera that enables web chats and taking pictures…

The big difference from the much more expensive Apple iPad is the completeness of the Notion Ink Adam hardware specifications. The table below gives a comparison between the two.

Apple iPad versus Notion Ink Adam

Apple iPad versus Notion Ink Adam

Shravan’s blog explains that readers’ comments helped them justify upgrading from A-GPS to full GPS. Those comments pushed the investors to keep the tablet form factor. Readers also supported a UI that is both business and entertainment oriented, in contrast to the entertainment-only approach of the Apple iPad. The swivel camera angle was increased to 185 degrees, so it now works when the Adam is flat on a table.
Adam Feature overview
Adam Design overview

The Adam is aiming for FCC certifications in the second week of November. That can take from two to twelve weeks. Thus, it is entirely possible we could see the gala retail introduction at CES 2011 in January.

The Adam tablet will be coming in multiple configurations. The base model will cost $399 and will come with just Wi-Fi and a regular LCD screen. The next higher model costs $449 with guaranteed Wi-Fi, and either 3G connectivity or the better Pixel Qi display. The most expensive model of the Adam tablet will be $498 and incorporates all three high-end features, Wi-Fi, 3G, and the Pixel Qi display.

November is a long time to be patient. However, as Rohan Shravan said CES 2010 was just a year after our then start-up company first showed the Adam tablet. Shravan said he could not share screenshots because Notion Ink is awaiting patent confirmation for some of those ideas. They already have a number of patents for their hardware.

We raised a big question in March, and we pose it again. Will the more power consuming x86, Windows 7 based tablets offer the average consumer an experience which is that much better than Adam? Especially, if Adam lasts five times longer between battery recharges.