It’s been more than a year since the folks at Notion Ink announced they were working on a new tablet called the Adam II. But the Indian company hasn’t had much to say about the project since then.
Now NextBigWhat is reporting that the Adam II could actually launch next month — and it’ll feature an unusual design with two displays.
Notion Ink has also reportedly changed the tablet’s specs. When the Adam II was announced last year it was expected to ship with a TI OMAP 4 processor and Android 4.0 software.
Now that Texas Instruments is largely pulling out of the mobile device space and Android 4.0 is looking pretty dated, it’s not surprising to hear that the Notion Ink team has made some changes.
While Notion Ink isn’t exactly a household name in the US, the company made a bit of a splash a few years ago by introducing one of the first tablets to feature an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and one of the only consumer-oriented tablets ever to ship with a Pixel Qi sunlight viewable display.
The original Adom tablet got mixed reviews for its software and performance. But one of the biggest challenges the small Indian company faced was manufacturing enough tablets to meet demand.
I’m not really sure what the upcoming 2-screen tablet will look like, or if thinking outside the box is really the best way to succeed in today’s tablet market. But it should be interesting to see what Notion Ink comes up with next.
Update: More details are available, and it looks like the second display is an E Ink screen for showing notifications on the spine of the book-shaped tablet.
via Notebook Italia
Just let it die already and rename it something else with less (or no) undesirable baggage.
Things to do if you want to retain a modicum of credibility in the mobile computing blogosphere:
1- don’t talk about Notion Ink
2- don’t talk about Pixel Qi
understand notion ink, but why pixel qi? At least their displays work, for whatever reason not implemented… I would like a pixel qi display in a business like small laptop/netbook with long battery life or solar charge… No fancy amoled shiny toys.
Precisely: for the “whatever reason”. Pixel Qi have been hyping their wares forever as the best thing since sliced bread, yet no serious OEM has ever picked them up. There is a flaw, or at least a very large compromise, somewhere. My guess is several of them, in the areas of cost, reliability, color fidelity, brightness, contrast, availability… maybe all of the above, and more.
I’d get a Pixel Qi tablet if the prices weren’t so drastically high a 10′ screen was around $300 last i checked.
Pixel Qi is nothing magical, believe me. It has serious limitations which counter most of its advantages.
I have an OLPC XO which has the earlier version of Pixel Qi and I can safely say that the LCD-mode is just horrible. Viewing angles are bad and colours are unimpressive.
Also, the reflective mode is practically unusable indoors, not even comparable with e-Ink.
Now, the new version may be better but I don’t think it is revolutionary since practically nobody wants to put it into products.
One of the negative factors about the Adam was exactly the Pixel Qi display which cannot even be compared to IPS displays for indoor use.
I agree that the colors aren’t amazing and it’s not really usable with backlight off indoors. Still very much worth to me, I wouldn’t have it as my only display though. I’d love to be able to obtain my next Pixel Qi laptop without having to replace the panel of a specific model myself.
Sola, I know it is not magical and not impressive for most, but I still would like that display as I said in quality new efficient hardware netbook/laptop with longer battery life, just for freedom, energy saving etc. being aware of its limitations.
Thanks, I always like to read your comments Sola
Notion Ink is a victim of a very highly successful hype campaign and a mediocre product in short supply.
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