Notion Ink detailed the Adam tablet. This device was going to be their first slate and, for its multimedia support and interesting hardware, was seen as quite intriguing by onlookers.Notion Ink Adam Tablet is runing on Android 2.2….
Notion Ink has been working on their Adam tablet for what seems like years. It’s been shown off at CES 2010 and also in multiple videos online all that’s needed now is an official launch date and price. Today the Notion Ink team has cleared up some things about the OS their 10-inch slate will use. The Adam tablet will be coming with Android 2.2 OS “Froyo” but have the option for future upgrade to Android 3.0 “Gingerbread”.Notion Ink has was very adamant on their blog about the first version of Adam not coming with Android 3.0.
The 10-inch tablet has been repeatedly delayed but promises to be one of the faster devices available, as a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 250 would give it 1080p video support. It would also have a front camera for video chat and possible content deals for media and reading services from the start. Some of Notion Ink’s timing is dependent on software, as it plans to customize some of the interface for the larger tablet screen area rather than simply let Android scale to the higher resolution.
The eventual hardware will be 14mm thick (Rohan said they could even get it down to around 12mm) with a reasonably minimal bezel, packed with the 10.1-inch Pixel Qi transflective display, a capacitive touchscreen eventually capable of recognizing six simultaneous points of contact, integrated WiFi and 3G. Thanks to Tegra 2 the Adam is 1080p capable, with an HDMI port to output to an HDTV or projector, and while the OS they’re showing today is bare Android they’ve a new UI in the works complete with a replacement on-screen keyboard more ergonomically designed for large-touchscreen use.
Pixel Qi’s technology means you can operate the display in two different modes: as full color LCD for use indoors or in a low-power reflective mode that actually gets brighter the more direct sunlight falls upon it. This latter mode is comparable to E Ink in its appearance, but Pixel Qi can still show smooth, responsive video (and slightly muted colors). Users will be able to manually switch the backlighting on or off, or leave it set to automatic and have the Adam toggle it itself. Notion Ink also offered to take the Adam out into direct sunlight so SlashGear could exclusively see the screen performance there.
The Pixel Qi display and the frugal Tegra 2 chipset mean that despite the HD video capabilities, the Adam should excel in battery life, too. NVIDIA are saying tablets with regular displays (consuming around 2W) using Tegra 2 will last for around 16 hours of Full HD video with a standard 3-cell battery; Rohan says that, because their display uses just 0.2W in its electrophoretic reflective mode, with that 3-cell battery you’ll potentially see up to 160 hours use. Remember, that’s not just 160 hours of static E Ink style text, but the potential for video playback and digital content reading in color.
Adam tablet also features Multitouch, weighs in at 1.7lbs, Flash support & multitasking, Two loudspeakers and backside trackpad. You can use this powerful device for amazing video calling and for photography as well. Adam also support digital magazines, ebooks and comics from some significant collaborators.