- Front facing VGA camera for Video Conferencing
- $250 for the 8Gb model with SD slot
- X-Fi Crystalizer and Expand enhancements, and its apt-X codec allows for high-quality audio streaming
- HD(720p) Video Playback
- Resistive touchscreen
- Plastic finish
The Creative ZiiO is available in 7″ (480×800) and 10″ (1024×600) varieties with 8GB or 16GB of storage. It has 802.11b/g (no N, no 3G) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, and can be set up to communicate with Creative’s wireless speakers. The big minus in this tablet because of which they get away with such a low price, is its resistive touchscreen. The touchscreen is not too bad, but if you are used to capacitive screens you will definitely recognize its lack of response. To make up for this the tablet includes a stylus, although the tablet lacks handwriting recognition that is expected with a resistie touchscreen.
- Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- Flash 10.1 Enabled Browser
- Optimised For Full Multitasking with hybrid widget support
- Front Facing Camera For Anytime/Place Video Conferencing
- Full HD(1080p) Video Playback
- Moderate Battery Life
The Notion Ink Adam tablet is based on the NVIDIA Tegra, T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback. It has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA and uses the Pixel Qi 3Q transflective display. It also has a 3-megapixel camera with a patented swivel action, so you can use the Adam for video calling. On the back there’s a trackpad used for navigating without leaving smudges on the display, similar to the motorola backflip. The tablet weighs 1.71lbs and would be available in 12.9mm and 11.6mm thick versions. It will use the regular Android UI (gesture support) and will be capable of running Flash.
The Notion Ink folks are fully aware that the Adam would need an enthusiastic developer community that needs to back the Adam with quality apps. Which is why they are planning a developer challenge that will have a $1 million prize money for the winner. Now, that is bound to attract some attention!
One of the features of the PixelQi display is that its easy on the eyes – the tablet can be used as an ebook reader as well, but we havent heard any announcements from NotionInk on starting their own ebook service, though they confirmed working with various content producers – including some big-name blogs – to “reinvent” magazines and newspapers.
Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan reckons the Adam will run for 2-3 times longer than the iPad, thanks to the Tegra chip and the low-power Pixel Qi display. Using Tegra 2 will last for around 16 hours of Full HD video with a standard 3-cell battery, and Rohan says that, because their display uses just 0.2W in its electrophoretic reflective mode, with that 3-cell battery you’ll potentially see up to a breathtaking 160 hours use.
The specs are awesome, but the only reason we think we might not see this device too soon is the fact that the team consists only of developers fresh out of college with no product experience, and a missing marketing team. Not to mention, there are no Android apps optimized for this screen size. Follow them on twitter: http://twitter.com/NotionInkAdam
The NotionInk tablet is expected to be available in Q4 2010 at http://www.notionink.in
Update [September 25th]: NotionInk has updated its website to suggest their first factory release should be around October 6th. The updated blog describes the design for each of the components of the Adam tablet and wants to involve users to help them choose colours for the final hardware.
Update [Dec 3]: We are weeks away from the Notion Ink’s release. Follow us to get the latest on NotionInk!
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