Notion Ink Android Tablet Available for Pre-Order: It’s Adam vs. Apple!

by Gaurav Kheterpal on December 10, 2010

Notion Ink’s much-anticipated Adam tablet is now available for pre-order and is expected to begin shipping in early January. Adam is amongst the early movers amongst the army of Android tablets currently on the horizon vying to be the next “iPad-killer”.

The launch of Adam is significant for a couple of reasons. First, it shifts the focus of attention for the “Apple vs. Google” battle to the tablet segment. Secondly, Adam is priced lower than the Apple iPad and claims to offer several never-seen-that-before mystery features. It would be interesting to see if a small and relatively unheard of Indian company can challenge the might of Apple. Only time will tell.

A quick look at the Adam specs reveals no major surprises when compared with its other recently launched Android siblings. It’s an Android 2.3 tablet with a 10-inch screen, dual-core Cortex A9 processor, an Nvidia Tegra 250 processor, 8GB of flash storage, a microSD slot, two full-size USB ports, one mini-USB jack, HDMI and a unique 3.2-megapixel rotating camera. It’s currently being offered in 6 variants, ranging from a $375 Wi-Fi version with a standard LCD, up to a $549 version using 3G and the Pixel Qi screen technology.

Adam runs on a customized Android 2.3 build (aka “Eden”) which is best described as a hybrid of Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Eden offers several new features including keyboard layouts, native OpenGL hardware, OpenSL ES support, SIP/VOIP support, an upgraded 2.6.35 kernel, better view support and an easy copy/paste function. The device is currently in FCC testing and is expected to start shipping in 6-8 weeks, barring any unavoidable circumstances.

However, challenging the iPad is no child’s play. Notion Ink initially planned to release the Adam tablet in time for the Christmas holidays. However, due to several delays, the device is now expected to ship in January. In the meanwhile, the iPad has emerged as the most popular gift for this holiday season. The iPad 2 is expected to be launched as early as February and I’m sure that Steve Jobs has another bestseller up his sleeve.

Further, I believe that Notion Ink has rushed the ‘Adam’ launch while there are several kinks to be ironed out. For a start, there’s no official word on whether the tablet would support the Android Market. The company says it has already developed advanced features on its own, further fueling speculation that it may not be a candidate for Google’s revolutionary mobile app store. An Android tablet sans Android Market doesn’t seem an exciting proposition to me. Secondly, not many people have actually seen an Adam tablet till date. Though the specs are impressive, it does not guarantee that the device will indeed work as advertised.

The Terms & Conditions for pre-order are ambiguous to say the least and there’s a hefty shipping fee to select locations. To make matters worse, Notion Ink’s pre-order system crashed “several times“. The tablet already seems to have fallen out of favor with a couple of biggies – CrunchGear and Engadget.

Notion Ink founder Rohan Shravan says

“Adam, as we love to call it, is not a tablet, it’s a dream come true for many of us.”

Whether Adam will manage to eat the Apple, I do not know. As a technology purist and fellow countryman, I hope that Adam manages to stand its ground in the explosive tablet market.

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Jordan Richardson December 10, 2010 at 4:03 am

Adam runs on Eden? Jeez, what’s next? Noah operates two of every app on the Ark O/S?

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