Notion Ink's Adam Gets Pricing, Launch Details

Posted: Aug 12 2010, 9:00pm CDT | by , in Rumors | Hot Gadgets


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The Adam teases us again.

The Notion Ink Adam may be the most anticipated un-released tablet out there. Now SlashGear reports that they have been given a whole sheaf of juicy details, right from the horse's mouth (sources inside/formerly inside of NI). First off; the Adam will be launching at some point between November and CES 2011. The main determining factor? How long FCC approval ends up taking.

When the Adam DOES hit, we can look forward to prices between $399 and $498. The WiFi-only, LCD-display version will be $399, while adding 3G to that bumps the price to $449. The Pixel Qi display version with WiFi will be $449, while the 3G version will top out at $498. You'll notice that these prices have been very carefully managed to undercut the iPad. And it gets better; if a (very vague) deal goes their way, Notion Ink may drop prices an extra $25 across the board.

These extra months of waiting haven't been unproductive for the Indian company. They've had time to finish their custom UI, which will launch with the first generation of their tablets. We can expect to see some incredible-sounding multitasking improvements that give access to multiple active apps at once.

The Adam will launch with Unreal Engine support from Nvidia, along with several pre-loaded games. Notion Ink says that 90 US developers and 17 Indian developers have already signed on to support the new gadget. The company will also be launching an iTunes competitor, the Genesis store. It will be a combination App / Content store / Media player / Book indexer with "millions" of ebook titles at launched. They will be priced "aggressively".

From what we're hearing now, it sounds like the Adam is basically a smartbomb aimed squarely at unseating Apple's domination of the emerging tablet market. Everything about the tablet, from its superior specs to its price point and storefront and custom UI, seem designed to stab at the areas where the iPad is at its best...and worst. Notion Ink is going for a full out assault, as well as a ballsy gambit to capture a new market from atop a heap of failed competitors.

Whether or not they'll succeed - or even come close - is another matter entirely.

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