Notion Ink Adam: Pre-Order On Dec 9 Gets More Likely

Posted: Dec 8 2010, 10:47am CST | by , in Rumors | Tablets

Notion Ink Adam: Pre-Order on Dec 9 Gets More Likely
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NI Blog Updated with a Teaser

The ridiculously long-awaited Adam from Notion Ink will go on pre-order tomorrow, December 9. We've suspected this for some time, ever since the Adam's new website launched. Embedded into the site was a digital timer, counting down to December 9. Some have suggested that to be the date the Adam's secret sensor will be revealed.

But the announcement we are most likely to hear tomorrow is the opening of pre-orders. SlashGear has heard from a "trusted source" that Notion Ink plans to launch their pre-booking tomorrow. This is the first outside confirmation of the 'countdown rumor' we have, and it seems especially believable after last week's announcement that commenters to the NI blog would get pre-order priority.

Notion Ink wasn't content to let us stew in our rumors. They've updated their blog with this picture of an Adam obscured by a red satin sheet. So yeah, tomorrow being the start of pre-orders is a pretty safe bet to make.

We are also likely to learn just what the Adam's mystery sensor is tomorrow. Some think it will be an NFC sensor (ala the Nexus S) while induction charging or (least likely) an active digitizer have also been rumored. Whatever the secret is, it won't be one for long.

And then we'll get to see just how well the Adam stands on its own. No charismatic words from Rohan, no legions of fanboy commenters, no hype. Just a real product in front of real users who will soon give us real reviews that tell us whether this thing will boom or bust. The Adam comes from a company with no real track record. As nice as it looks on paper, many would-be owners are terrified they'll find the Adam to be shoddy or glitchy in person.

The Adam has a short window to pick up steam. But if it does manage to impress early adopters, evangelism from the NI fan community and the Adam's unique features / design could be enough to make it blow up in a big way. There are still a ton of consumers waiting for a tablet to love that isn't the iPad.

The Galaxy Tab is a big smartphone, and most of the other Android slates due out in the near future are basically iPad clones with a different OS. Whatever else it is, the Adam is VERY clearly its own device. Notion Ink isn't trying to rip off any product or latch on to anyone's bandwagon. They want to be special. And, very soon, we'll get to see if they've earned the right.

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