Good news for anyone who has been waiting to pre-order the Notion Ink Adam tablet running Google Android. The Adam Tablet is now available for pre-order from the official website. The official Notion Ink website – http://www.notionink.com/order.php hosts four different Adam tablet variants ranging from $375.33 (Rs. 16,970 approx.) to $550 (Rs. 24,860 approx). The pre-orders are open to all.
The Adam variant with a Backlit LCD screen and Wi-Fi is priced at $375.33 (Rs. 16,700 approx.) while the same variant with the additional 3G support costs $425.33 (Rs. 19,500 approx.). Similarly, the variant with a Pixel Qi LCD display (instead of the regular backlit LCD) and Wi-Fi costs $499.45 (Rs. 22,600 approx.) and $549.99 (Rs. 24,900 approx.), for the 3G+Wi-Fi version. However, currently the website states that the Adam variants with the Pixel Qi LCD screen have been sold out. The website also reveals that the tablet will be shipped out in “six to eight weeks” which would put the release date sometime in late Jan. 2011 or early-to-mid Feb. 2011.
The Adam is an Android tablet with a 10.1-inch display. Online sources claim that it runs Eden- an OS that’s a combination of Honeycomb (Android 3.0) and Gingerbread (Android 2.3). The Adam is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of DDR2 RAM. It offers over 8GB of internal storage and also supports microSD cards. Finally, the Adam has a 3.2MP auto focus swivel camera.
Notion Ink said the Adam tablet would be shipped in six to eight weeks time. With a relatively affordable price starting at Rs 16,700, the Adam tablet is expected to pose a stiff challenge to Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. In other news, despite rumors that the tablet would have an NFC (Near-field communication) sensor, it apparently does not. According to today’s blog post though, the tablet does have one nifty special feature we hadn’t heard about before: You’ll be able to use it as a wireless touchpad for a computer, allowing you to draw, paint, or just control your PC from your tablet.
Rohan Shravan, Notion Ink CEO, noted on the official company blog that Adam runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with Honeycomb support. Adam promises better OpenGL graphics support, good multi-touch keyboard and better copy-paste features. Shravan clarified that though Adam will run Gingerbread, it doesn’t have a Near-field Communication chip. However, he did tout a mystery feature that will unlock something new in the tablet every fortnight.