Notion Ink Adam tablet could have replaceable battery, comic book store

Notion Ink has posted a few updates about the company’s upcoming Adam tablet. First up, it looks like things are running ahead of schedule and Notion Ink hopes to submit the tablet to the FCC a week early, but it’s still going to be a little while before we can actually purchase the tablet.

Here are a few more concrete details though:

  • The tablet could have a user replaceable battery.
  • Notion Ink is adding a Comic Store to its software lineup. More details will be available in October.
  • There will be switches for turning off the LED on both the model with a Pixel Qi display and the model with a standard LCD. This will let you save power when either using the device in high contrast mode (Pixel Qi), or when you’re listening to music or performing other activities that don’t require the display.

Last we heard, the Notion Ink Adam tablet was due to ship sometime between November and January. It sounds like the company is still on track to meet those dates, which is good news.

The tablet is expected to pack an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, a 10.1 inch display, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Google Android.

  • aftermath

    User replaceable batteries are good, much in the same way that not getting shot in the face is good. That is to say, non-user replaceable batteries are terrible. Non-user replaceable batteries usually appear as part of a business model, since batteries are consumables that will fail, requiring you to have your device “serviced”, or as part of a design consideration, typically “thin-ness”. They’re very much anti-consumer and anti-environment to the point that the two year push within the European Union that would outlaw the sale of any device without a user replaceable battery is apparently nearing finalization. While I’m not a huge fan of governments trying to save people from their own stupidity, I’m even less of a fan of stupidity. Then again, I’m not going to pretend like people are trying to make sense. It’s nice to see that Notion Ink may be going down a different path than “planned obsolescence”.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, boy.. This tablet should be revealing instead of leaking. Certainly, others are getting too tired following this device.

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  • Anonymous

    I can’t seem to find the blog entry with full specs on this one. But since the screen is listed at “10.1 inches,” should I just assume this is another widescreen tablet designed to watch movies, and not a 4:3 device that would actually be useful for technically complex books?

    All I’ve wanted since the tablet craze began is something with an 8-10″ 4:3 screen that could view three-column-plus-graphics PDF files, download those same PDF files from email or the web, and maybe play some music while I’m reading them. So far the only non-iPad device that fits those specifications is the crappy Eken 8″ tablet.

    Though with the idea of adding a comic book store, maybe Notion Ink has finally figured it out?

    • Corinn Heathers

      As nearly as I can tell, the iPad is the only slate with a 4:3 display. That aspect ratio is pretty much dead, unfortunately. It’s hard as hell to find a laptop with a 16:10 display, much less 4:3–and the only 4:3 high-res panels I see for desktops are designed for professional use and ludicrously expensive.

      Unfortunately for those of us who want to do serious work, the emo whining about “black bars” has led the industry to cheap out and put 16:9 in everything. =/

    • TooFrank

      They talk specifically about aspect ratio and the reasons they went 16:9 here:

      http://notionink.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/week-end-special

  • Corinn

    I became much less interested in this thing when they announced it was going to run Android.

    I was much more excited about it when it was first announced as running an ARM-tailored build of Ubuntu.

    … personally I’d like to see it run something along the lines of Maemo!

    Android is for smartphones. It’s not for tablets.

  • Ysidro

    Android 3.0 Gingerbread will have changes specifically for tablets. Having played with Android devices from the beginning, I’m excited to have a tablet with similar capabilities.