The ship date is a mystery.
The Adam is officially...official. Notion Ink has thrown off the sheet and announced that tomorrow will bring the start of Adam pre-orders. Over the course of the day, all commenters who got in on the blog early enough will be sent an email. This will contain a link, good for six hours. Pre-orders will start for these early folks on December 10 at 00:00 AM.
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At 6:00 AM, we all get our chance to order an Adam.
But Rohan is a pro (with a bit of a drama flair) so today's update contained way more than just info on pre-ordering. First it has confirmation that the Adam will pack a multitouch keyboard. This means commands like "Ctrl+s" or "Ctrl+v" are possible. NI has also removed the lines and space between the keys, which they claim makes typists much less likely to press the wrong key.
The Adam will also have a split keyboard, designed to be more ergonomic for two-hand typing than the single keyboard. There are also quick-access keys that can be bound to up to 2 functions.
Pricing has also changed a bit. The LCD Wi-Fi Adam was originally set for a $399 price point, and will now roll in at $375.33. The 3G version is $425.33 (possibly for a limited time) and the Pixel Qi version starts at $499.45 and goes up to $549.99.
While the Adam will not launch with 2.3 (right away), Eden already contains many features that the new update would bring. Including OpenGL ES and OpenSL ES support and SIP/VOIP. There's also the aforementioned multitouch keyboard, improved copy/paste, and a variety of user interface and memory management improvements. Expect to see hundreds and hundreds of panel instances.
There won't be a whole lot of color variants to choose from. The default Adam is matte black, with a white strip on the body. That strip can be removed and replaced with different colored strips, which should launch "Mid-Jan". DHL is the shipping partner, which will matter a lot more when we hear the expected ship-date.
Rumors of a near field sensor were greatly exaggerated. What the Adam WILL have is the ability to act as a digitizer. Using an Open Source implementation you'll be able to wirelessly connect your Adam to any of your PCs. You can use it as a drawing or writing tablet, or hook it up as a keyboard. This thing will mix well with a media box set-up.
The mystery feature is a mystery still. But you can content yourself in the hours before pre-ordering by reading this post on Engadget complaining that the rendered tablet kept under that rendered sheet had its bezel altered in photoshop. Considering the whole thing is a rendered image, I don't see the big deal. But man, is a river of flame ever consuming the comments section.
Settle in, grab some coffee, and spend the next few hours reading flames and waiting for the Adam pre-order to come. Here's hoping it lives up to the (many, many) promises made by Notion Ink.