Indian company Notion Ink is bringing its second Adam tablet to Europe. While the company’s first tablet grabbed headlines a few years ago thanks to its sunlight-viewable Pixel Qi display, the new model breaks the traditional tablet mold in a different way. It’s designed to be held like a book, and there are two grayscale displays built into the spine.
Notion Ink also offers a 3G model for 249 Euros. As the prices suggest, the Adam II doesn’t exactly have bleeding edge hardware. It’s powered by a 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU and features a 10 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel primary display. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Those specs seem like they’re ripped right out of 2012. But they help keep the price low, and they should be good enough for most tasks including playing Android games or watching HD video.
It’s the secondary displays on the side of the tablet which make the Adam II unusual though. You can use them to display the time, view notifications, show a list of running apps, or display custom text. The screens are only 100 x 5 pixels though, so there’s not a lot of room for detailed information. And most Android apps won’t really take advantage of the secondary displays so you’ll have to rely on Notion Ink for support, updates, and new features.
Early reviews suggest the displays on the spine can also be a bit hard to read if you’re not in a sufficiently bright environment.
Still, if you’re looking for something a bit different than you’re typical Android tablet, Notion Ink is hoping to deliver it… again.