As we have covered in the past, Notion Ink was the company that planned to deliver the Adam tablet based on the Nvidia Tegra mobile chipset. We discussed the technology during CES 2009 and even followed up with an interview with the CEO himself.
After a series of setbacks and delays, Notion Ink is finally poised to deliver the Adam in all its anticipated glory. While we have yet to get word on when these preorder are going to be delivered, there appears to be a consensus that it probably won’t happen in 2010.First, the company has officially announced price points for the Adam. Initially, Notion Ink promised that the cheapest version would retail for $399 and they've kept true to their promise. If you pre-order one, though, you can get it for $25 less, for just $375.33. We’re not quite sure why Notion Ink took it upon themselves to price everything in dollars and cents ending in multiples of 3.
There will be six variants of the tablet varying between the following: LCD (wi-fi only), LCD + 3G -900 series, LCD + 3G -850 series, Transflective (Wi-Fi only), Transflective + 3G -900 series, and Transflective + 3G -850 series.
For those unaware, the transflective display is the one created by Pixel Qi that we detailed in our previous article about the Adam. As for the prices, they will start at $375.33 as we stated earlier and go all the way up to around $600. They specifically state that the 850 and 900 series of the transflective 3G will start at $549 so we assume it shouldn’t deviate much higher.
The Adam will come with Android 2.3 and the Eden UI. It is essentially what will allow the Adam to have a lot of the features that Honeycomb will bring without actually having it yet. The good thing is that since it has Gingerbread (Android 2.3) it will fully support flash browsing among other things. We also noticed that the device will support 802.11n which was absent in the past.
Some other tablets out there lack 802.11 which may be a deal breaker for some. They also claim to have the mutli-touch working well, but of course nobody will know that until it has been reviewed. There will also be the possibility in mid January to customize the color of your Adam beyond the standard matte black, which I personally like.
On top of that the Adam can be used as a digitizer for PCs when needed. That means it can become a sketchpad for any user wanting to wirelessly control their computer or draw on it. The Adam helps people consolidate their devices while at the same time increasing functionality. Rohan also mentions that there is a mystery feature that will be enabled through updates
Essentially, Notion Ink wants to not only deliver bug fixes via update but added features as well. Needless to say, the Adam looks like Notion Ink kept most of their promises (except for the time frames, of course) and we will see how good of a finished product they deliver soon.
Source: Notion Ink