Tagged: Notion Ink Adam
pre-orders are soon to be live for the Notion Ink Adam tablet and we've got a date for shipment: January 6 2011. That's next month! This date places the shipment date extremely and conspicuously close to CES 2011, and you can bet we'll be there clickin away. CES 2011 takes place January 6th until the 9th of 2011. More details on the Adam are sure to unfold throughout the day.
Notion Ink tipped us to Android 2.3 Gingerbread earlier in the week, and now we've heard that pre-ordering for the Adam tablet is set to open tomorrow, Thursday December 9 2010. Our trusted source confirms that Notion Ink's binary countdown will indeed hit zero tomorrow and the company begin accepting pre-orders. Initially, pre-ordering will be limited to those who have registered and commented on the official Notion Ink blog, though after that there will be broader availability. Best of all, our source says Notion Ink is already working on an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update that's expected to be released only weeks after Adam itself. Six variants of Adam will be on offer, consisting of combinations of optional Euro/Asia or US 3G (or standard WiFi-only) and a choice of regular LCD or Pixel Qi displays. More details on Adam here, complete with pricing. [via SlashGear] Update: Notion Ink has updated its blog with an image of what looks like Adam about to be revealed [Thanks Pj!]:
Notion Ink has been sharing a little more detail on their fast-approaching Adam slate, including new photos of the company's latest manufacturing samples, and word that their software engineers have come up with more than 20 customized apps. As we've seen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, apps that are suited - not just scaled - to a tablet's display make a world of difference in usability, so we're excited to see Adam's custom Email, Calendar, Office, Paint, Gallery, Settings and File Browser software. Meanwhile there's confirmation of a second round of the company's early-access program for developers, simply to accommodate demand for those wanting to create apps for the Adam slate. Pre-orders for Adam will be taken in December. [gallery]
released a list of ways you'll be able to drain your Adam tablet's battery in around six hours, as a counterpoint to earlier talk of over fifteen hours of "normal" use. 1080p HD video playback at full brightness and volume will do it, the company says, together with playing a 3D augmented reality game with camera input and 3G or WiFi for data. Solid YouTube or other Flash video playback over wireless will also sap power quickly, as will streaming 3D maps over 3G and using the hardware GPS receiver. Finally, recording HD video using the Adam's rotating camera and streaming it via WiFi is apparently a sure-fire way to drain the tablet in record time. To be fair, none of that is especially surprising, but it does raise a couple of interesting use-cases, particularly the HD streaming potential. We've seen apps like Qik do real-time video uploads, but the quality is generally well short of HD.
Notion Ink has been teasing with more details about their upcoming Adam tablet, and perhaps most interesting is the expected battery life. According to the company's blog, the current Pixel Qi units are seeing a minimum of 15 hours runtime, stretching into in excess of two days. Meanwhile USB Host functionality is also working, with Adam supporting peripherals like keyboard and mouse, together with external storage such as hard-drives.
Notion Ink have put out a call for all would-be logo designers, challenging them to come up with their idea for a logo that suitably encapsulates the start-up tablet manufacturer. And, since it's generally frowned upon to expect people to work without payment, the winning designer will get not only $1,000 but an Adam tablet of their own. The top ten logo suggestions will be put up to the public vote on Notion Ink's site, and the winner will get the cash and the Android slate. The four examples are just a handful from Notion Ink's own designers; suggestions have to be in to Notion Ink by October 22nd.