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Notion Ink Adam tablet to get Flash, outlast iPad battery

updated 05:05 pm EST, Tue February 9, 2010

Adam tablet prototype to outlast iPad, get Flash

Initial impressions of a prototype Adam tablet from Notion Ink, first announced late last year, show that the device has some significant advantages over competitors such as the iPad. Powered by the new NVIDIA Tegra chipset and using a low-power display from Pixel Qi, the pre-production Adam is said to last at least two to three times longer than the 10-hour battery life for the iPad when browsing the web using Wi-Fi or watching video, according to Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan.

The Adam can also play back 1080p HD videos, while the iPad can muster 720p using an optional component video cable. Notion Ink also revealed for the first time it is considering unveiling two models of the Adam, though what the difference is apart from the thickness of the device itself is unknown. One would be 12.9mm thick, while the other 11.6mm, both of which compare favorably to the iPad's 13.4mm girth.

Shravan also said the device will launch with digital magazines, e-book and comics from big-name, though unnamed, content partners. More information, including perhaps the names of these partners, is expected at the Mobile World Congress show next week. A demonstration of the device running Flash is likewise expected at the show. More information about an Apps Competition for software for the Adam is expected to be unveiled at the show. Thus far, the total prize fund for the competition is said to be more than $1 million. [via SlashGear]








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  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +8

    Well!

    Well if the CEO of the company says so, it must be true!

  1. JohnFromBeyond

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    Joined: Sep 2007

    +6

    Software?

    What software runs on this thing? To me, that is the key. Who cares if it's a mm thinner or runs a few hours longer on a charge? What can I do with it??? As far as battery life, longer than a long plane ride or single work day doesn't buy you much, since you can recharge overnight or plug it in at your desk and keep using it.

  1. c4rlob

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    +10

    Hello?? How do you control it?

    There's no mention of touchscreen capability, not to mention multi-touch capability.
    They were so busy trying to outdo the iPad, they forgot to include an interface? Haha.

  1. revco

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    +5

    Yes/No

    I like the look of it. Don't think I'd buy one.

  1. dliup

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    +4

    Rendering

    It's easy to speak about specs when all you have is a 3d rendering of the product.

  1. slapppy

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    +6

    Show me the money

    All lip service until they show us the product, working, being used by the CEO. Apple did. Jobs brought it right out and showed all the world to see a working product. Not just a product by specs on a piece of paper.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

    +7

    Sounds like the Adam is going to have

    some decent hardware. iPad haters doubt the 10 hour battery life of the iPad, yet have no problem believing 20 to 30 hours claim for the Adam. This Tegra chip must be light years ahead of competing technology. I can understand that users will be happy to get Flash on their Adam tablet. In order to get 1080p it must take some really huge files for playback on that device. I suppose you could just stream movies to it. It's good for consumers to have a choice so the Adam will be an alternative for those that don't wish to purchase an iPad. I'm looking forward to seeing a video of how this device performs compared to the iPad. I see there isn't any mention of this Adam coming with 3G.

    Still, it is going to be hard for Notion Ink to get the Adam to outsell the iPad. Apple really has so much going for it with the iPad as far as multi-media content, apps, games and retail sales and customer support. Consumers are just going to walk into the Apple store, use the iPad for ten minutes or so and walk out with one. That sort of sales is going to be hard for any other company to beat.

  1. Bobfozz

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    Flop City

    I don't believe this product rollout.

  1. iphonerulez

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    +3

    The tech is nice, but the interface is clunky

    A short video showing the Adam being used:

    http://www.salon.com/technology/the_gigaom_network/gadget_gurus/2010/02/09/will_notion_inks_adam_be_the_ipad_for_geeks

    For certain actions the screen or interface responded rather sluggishly. I don't like all that re-tapping for responses. The Pixel Qi display technology seems rather advanced and will likely be very efficient. However, overall I can see an interface that will be inferior to the iPad based on the prototype they were showing. Geeks might like it but I don't think consumers would be crazy about it compared to the speed and responsiveness of the iPad. Too early to tell but I'll bet on the iPad.

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    +1

    Battery life, of course...

    Just from looking at the thickness of it, I am very sure battery will last very long.

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