Notion Ink has announced that it will begin taking pre-orders today for the Adam, a 10-inch Android tablet running a customized-for-tablets hybrid of Honeycomb and Gingerbread, dubbed Eden. The heavily optimized Android-based tablet comes in six models, ranging from a $375 Wi-Fi version with a standard LCD, up to a $549 version using 3G and the coveted Pixel Qi screen technology.
Pre-orders for the Adam tablet start today on the Notion Ink Web site. Those who commented on previous Notion Ink blog posts will be allowed to place their orders starting at 1:30pm Eastern time. Notion Ink will send them an e-mail confirmation with a pre-order link that will be good for six hours. Everyone else can place pre-orders starting at 7:30pm tonight. According to the return policy, if you decide to return the tablet there is a 5% restocking fee, followed by a 10% repackaging fee, not to mention the cost to ship it all the way back to India, and lastly you only have 10 days to return it!
In case you somehow managed to miss Notion Ink’s Adam we are talking about a 10.1-inch LCD or Pixel Qi (1024×600) multi-touch screen device that is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor based on dual-core Cortex-A9 and ULP GPU, has 1GB of memory, 1GB of SLC flash memory and 8+GB of storage space. The rest of the long feature list includes a microSD slot, 3.2 megapixel swivel camera, stereo speakers, two USB 2.0 ports, mini USB, HDMI output, 3-axis accelerometer, ambient light sensor, GPS, digital compass, 802.11bgn WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and a 3-cell battery.
Also, the pre-order system that crashed several times seems to inviting less ire than the fine lines spelling out the shipping terms and conditions. Apparently, the company’s going to merely shrug their shoulders if the shipments are delayed or lost owing to natural or even man-made circumstances. “It’s great day, possibly deserving an entry into the history books about how we all came together and started a revolution,” wrote Notion Ink founder Rohan Shravan in the blog post. “Adam, as we love to call it, is not a tablet, it’s a dream come true for many of us.”
Notion Ink’s Rohan Shravan has been in emergency Fix It Now! mode all day, making some changes to the pre-order page and clarifying some issues on the blog and addressing the criticisms. He also promised a hands-on video on December 18th for those worried that final products don’t exist yet. And he also mentioned that there would be previews for the press at CES. We reached out to Notion Ink earlier today to try and set up an appointment, but have not yet heard back. We hope we’ll get to see the final version, as we were impressed the first time.
Of course, Notion Ink didn’t release an official ship-out date but Slashgear came forth and revealed that it should ship by January 6th next year, at least to those that pre-order it now. You can find it at Notion Ink’s official web site, although it’s a bit sluggish, probably as it is currently getting a lot of attention.