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.

The Notion Ink Adam II launched in India in December, and now it’s heading to Europe where it’ll have a starting price of 219 Euros for a WiFi-only model.

Notion Ink Adam II

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.

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3 replies on “Notion Ink Adam II tablet launches in Europe for 219 Euros and up”

  1. “you’ll have to rely on Notion Ink for support, updates, and new features.”

    Bwwwaaaaaahahahahaha! They never even released the promised app store or the weather app that they were endlessly boasting about for the Adam 1. Customers had to root it before it was useful for anything at all. Anyone who is aware of NI’s past and buys this tablet is an idiot.

  2. Five pixels high? You can’t really put text onto that and make it legible. Been there, tried that over twenty years ago trying to cram text onto low res early computers. Sorry, seven-segment style sorta text isn’t going to cut it in the modern era. I’m old school on many things but aren’t interested in going back to that again. Get at least seven or eight pixels on it and try again.

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