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Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

How foolish I've been. Five months ago I wrote that tablets had come of age, and even sifted my way through the line-up cherry picking what must-have features would make for the perfect device. A month later, in the afterglow - or should that be aftermath? - of the iPad announcement, I marvelled that, while Apple's slate wouldn't necessarily satisfy every user, there was nonetheless plenty of choice on the horizon for those given a taste for tableteering. Our analyst contributors wisely told me not to count my touchscreen chickens before they'd hatched onto the market, but I wouldn't listen. I thought the iPad's arrival would rejuvenate the tablet segment, but all it seems to have done is killed off any attempt at innovation.

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Tegra 2 “serious issues” delaying Notion Ink, ICD & Compal tablets [Updated]

Tegra 2 “serious issues” delaying Notion Ink, ICD & Compal tablets [Updated]

Bad news if you've been avoiding iPad hype and holding out for a tablet based on NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra chipset.  We've just heard from a trusted source that all projects based on the new Tegra chip have been delayed, and that none are expected to arrive on the market before late August 2010.  The issue - which is said to include a combination of hardware and software technical problems, as well as stability and Flash availability - will impact projects such as Notion Ink's Adam, the ICD Ultra and Vega and a 7-inch Compal tablet that had been expected to arrive in early June 2010.

Updated with NVIDIA comment after the cut

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Pixel Qi developing new panel sizes; “several” new customers onboard

Pixel Qi developing new panel sizes; “several” new customers onboard

It was shortly after Pixel Qi chief Mary Lou Jepsen tipped "specialized tablets with multitouch" back in December 2009 that we got our first glimpse of the Notion Ink Adam, and so forgive us for getting excited when the CEO confirms several more panel customers and different display sizes in the pipeline.  Speaking to E-Ink-Info, Jepsen wouldn't confirm which new companies had signed up to use the hybrid display but did say that they're going into "a variety of new product categories."

Keep taking the Tablets

Keep taking the Tablets

Like the charming, fey uncle your grandmother warned you against showering with, Apple's iPad has us confused. Tablets have broached the mainstream and, like CES 2010 last month, this past week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona saw several more companies show their hand. Each of the chipset companies we spoke to - Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Freescale, Marvell and others - included tablets among the target market for their ARM-based wares, and we played with various concepts, prototypes and mockups, many of which are destined for release within the next twelve months.

Notion Ink Adam hands-on & digital magazine demo

Notion Ink Adam hands-on & digital magazine demo

While we were with NVIDIA today, we ran into one of the guys from tablet start-up Notion Ink. We've covered their Adam tablet several times here at SlashGear, and so jumped at the chance for a hands-on with their latest prototype unit. The company have confirmed that there will be two models on offer when the Adam hits the market in Q3 2010, one with the innovative Pixel Qi display (at 12.9mm thick) and another (11.6mm thick) regular LCD.  They've also sent over a video demo of a Flash-based digital magazine, which you can see after the cut.

Video hands-on & Flash digital magazine demo after the cut

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Notion Ink Adam Flash video demo

Notion Ink Adam Flash video demo

Mobile World Congress may have a cellular-focus, but that doesn't mean it's all about phones.  One of the more interesting devices SlashGear have been following this year is Notion Ink's Adam tablet, the Tegra-based Android touchscreen slate that promises to oust all thoughts of the iPad from your imagination, and they're quietly bringing their latest wares to the show.  They're latest prototype is still en-route from manufacturing, but to whet our appetite the company sent over some new video of Adam's rotating webcam and its Flash support.

Video demo after the cut

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SlashGear at Mobile World Congress 2010

SlashGear at Mobile World Congress 2010

CES 2010 hardly seems past us, and the SlashGear team are already in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2010. Most of the key players in the cellphone industry are here - with some notable exceptions - and we're expecting big things from Notion Ink with their Adam Android tablet, Microsoft in the shape of Windows Phone 7, and HTC who have been leaking devices left, right and center in the run-up to the show.

We'll be delivering video, hands-on first impressions and editorials all week, and we'd love to hear your feedback.  You can follow all of our Mobile World Congress 2010 content using the MWC 2010 tag.

Notion Ink Adam fan-renders stoke our interest

Notion Ink Adam fan-renders stoke our interest

When do you know that your product has made it?  If it's when fans begin creating custom 3D renders, unasked, then Notion Ink can sit back and feel a little self-satisfied; the Adam tablet hasn't done much more than show up at CES 2010 and then pave the way for a very interesting appearance at MWC 2010 next week, but that hasn't stopped Artur Grzegowski from putting together these impressive mock-ups.

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Notion Ink Adam: Flash, iPad comparison & App Competition

Notion Ink Adam: Flash, iPad comparison & App Competition

One of the most exciting products from CES 2010 last month was Notion Ink's Adam tablet, the Android-based slate using the latest-gen NVIDIA Tegra chipset and Pixel Qi's innovative low-power display.  The company had brought along a prototype they could exclusively show us, and now they've sent over renders of what's likely to be the final Adam design complete with some mockups of a SlashGear digital magazine.  And, since Apple's long-awaited entrant to the tablet arena - the iPad - has since made its debut, we also asked Notion Ink just how Adam holds up to the new competition.

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Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

One of the big surprises from CES 2010 last week was the sheer number of tablets. Perhaps, what with the persistent rumors of Apple's imminent entrance to the segment, that shouldn't be seen as too unusual, but as many commenters seem to have conveniently forgotten, this isn't exactly a new niche in the tech world. Microsoft, however badly they subsequently managed it, lent their weight behind compact tablets (aka UMPCs or Ultra-Mobile PCs) back in the days of Origami, and more recently we've seen PMPs first grow large, video-capable displays and then borrow internet functionality from notebooks as WiFi proliferated.

Notion Ink Adam hands-on

Notion Ink Adam hands-on

We first told you about Notion Ink and their Adam tablet back in December, and since then they've captured plenty of attention at CES 2010 for including NVIDIA's new Tegra 2 chipset and being the first use of a Pixel Qi display. We caught up with Notion Ink, company founder Rohan Shravan and the Adam prototype today for an extended discussion, not only about the hardware but exclusively about the company's plans and expectations for content and usage models.  Check out our exclusive photos and never-before-seen video after the cut.

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Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

CES 2010 is likely to see a fair few internet tablets being announced, but SlashGear has heard about one particular model that has more than a little promise. Notion Ink's as-yet unnamed Android "smartpad" is based on an unnanounced NVIDIA Tegra T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback, has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA, and - perhaps most interestingly - is the first confirmed device to use the Pixel Qi transflective display. Notion Ink are saving the live hardware shots for CES - hence the renders - but they did send us some photos of the 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 Pixel Qi panel in action, which you can see after the cut along with the full specifications.

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